Guest post by Susan Good from Retired Educator
Nature-deficit disorder is real, and it's proving to be a real threat. It's a noticeable fact that the children of today are as far removed from nature as humans will ever be as they veer closer and closer to technology. As a result, they're missing out on nature's inherent rewards, which can lead to serious health consequences. So today, we are sharing some resources to help you understand why our connection to the outdoors matters and how to get your kids back to nature for good.
Mother Nature's Gifts
Learn about the many benefits of spending time outdoors and how being in nature can affect your children's well-being.
- Here's What Else Being Outside Can Do for Your Health
- The Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors
- The Healing Powers of Fresh Air
Best Outdoor ActivitiesTo truly appreciate nature, take the family on an outdoor adventure!
- 19 Tips for Camping With Kids
- 7 Tips For Safety On-Trail With Kids
- A Beginners Guide to Gardening with Kids
Bring the Outdoors IndoorsWhen the weather doesn't cooperate, introduce Mother Nature into your living space.
- Incorporate More Houseplants and Nature Artwork or Photographs
- Get Creative with Indoor Nature-Related Activities with the Kids
Explore a National Park
Visiting a national park with kids can be an excellent way to provide them with a unique educational experience and foster a love of nature and the outdoors. If you can't go in person, take a peek at our National Park Coloring Book series that feature famous landmarks and animals that call the park home.
- Acadia National Park
- Arches National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ultimately, going back to nature is much easier than you might expect as long as you keep it fun and engaging. In time, your kids will recognize what a true gift you're giving them by taking them away from their gadgets and getting them outside.