Getting back to nature is what’s great for children and adults. There is a great book that I highly recommend parents read entitled Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. I am sure that many of you have read it, and he makes a very strong argument that children suffer because of their lack of connection with nature.
Mr. Louv writes with great passion about how nature is necessary for a child’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. As a result of his book, we have defined a behavioral problem known as “nature-deficient disorder,” which results from children spending less time outdoors. This disorder has yet to be recognized in medical manuals. However, I don’t think any of us would disagree that children thrive when they are connected to nature and that all the technological inventions are steering children away from nature. We have become increasingly aware that children need to be outside daily.
As is true with just about everything in life, teaching our children great habits begins with modeling those great habits. Mr. Louv has now written a book about the benefits of nature for adults. At the beginning of the book he asks a question: “What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in electronics?” WOW! Can you imagine what our CHILDREN’S lives would be like if their lives were as immersed in nature as they are in electronics?
I urge you to read both books if you have not done so.
I urge you to put down the electronics and go outside.
Stop and smell the roses! Feel the grass, smell the scents of nature, taste the amazing produce fresh from the earth, and reconnect with nature. You have to take the time and let the worries slip away. Simply determine to “be present” and enjoy the beauty of the moment. Your soul, your body, your mind, and your CHILD will thank you.
Do it today…do it every day. It will take focus and a very purposeful plan for most of us who live at a fast pace and in a concrete world—but it will be worth every single effort.