31 Mar '15, 1am

4 ways to help your child appreciate the outdoors

4 ways to help your child appreciate the outdoors

Nowadays, with screen time at all-time high and kids spending much of their free time indoors, growing our kids’ appreciation for nature is more important than ever. Children who spend more time outside are just plain healthier. And if we want them to care about the environment and do their part to preserve the world, they first have to experience it — even fall in love with it. I remember spending hours at a time outside: building the main street of a town out of dirt and rocks in our front yard, jumping in the puddles in the driveway after a rainstorm and lying in the grass staring at the clouds moving by. Not so today. One study suggests that even the books our kids read lack the same connection to nature that they used to. Especially in the winter, kids can easily go days without spending more than five minutes outside. So how do we foster our kids’ love and appreciati...

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