Get outside and play!
Time spent outdoors is time well spent. It provides fresh air, Vitamin D and exercise. It fosters creativity and it keeps kids calm. It also creates a bond with the Earth and the environment. The problem is kids today don’t get enough of it. Too many extracurricular activities may have something to do with it, but so does parental enthusiasm for green space. Studies show our attitudes toward nature influence our kids’ relationship with nature. In households where adults visited green spaces, 82% of the children did too. In households where adults didn’t spend time in nature, only 39% of children did. C’mon, mom and dad, take the family outside! If we don’t teach our kids to love and respect nature now, they may never learn. And that’s no good for them or the environment. School’s out for the summer! There’s no better time to go outside to play. Why not take the family on a campout? Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids’ Guide is a great book for planning a weekend in the wilderness or a simple overnight in the backyard.