Afraid to let your child outside because of “bad people?” Don’t have much access to natural areas? Is your child addicted to the screen?
As advances in technology increase, children have developed what some are referring to as “nature deficit disorder”.
It’s a scary fact, but according to an editorial review by James Levine of Publishers Weekly, “…a 2002 British study reported that eight-year-olds could identify Pokémon characters far more easily than they could name an ‘otter, beetle, and oak tree’.”
Many children are now opting for hours in front of the television, iPad, computer, or video games, over playing outdoors.
Obviously, it is important not to allow your children to fall into this habit and form nature deficit disorder
Combat Nature Deficit Disorder by Getting Back to Nature!
Exposure to nature can be a powerful form of therapy for your child. Outdoor activities can help with attention-deficit disorder, improve creative skills, and can help maintain a healthy physique. The Vitamin D from the sunshine is also essential to your child’s health.
To help your child enjoy and appreciate the great outdoors, consider these activities: