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A New Decade Brings New Challenges
We turned the corner into a new decade and have been faced with the devastating COVID-19, that has most Americans sheltered in place in their homes. Some people are now receiving food from the National Guard and unable to leave their homes. This could potentially do a number on the mental health of us all, so there was no better time to collaborate with a fellow blogger. Jenny Miller, of Stop Nature Deficit Disorder. She reached out at the perfect time and shared this amazing and helpful set of resources to help make your time outdoors, valuable!
There are an amazing set of links included under the heading, Integrating Education and Nature, which could come in handy during the next several weeks while we are all hanging out at home.
Tips and Resources to Save Your Child from Nature-Deficit Disorder
By Guest Blogger, Jenny Miller
It’s not an official medical diagnosis, but nature-deficit disorder very well could be a real condition. As rapidly as technology has advanced over the last several decades, and as daily screen time continues to rise among kids and adults alike, it seems clear that we are not spending time outdoors like we once did.
This is especially concerning for children, as many are missing out on the plethora of benefits that come with being out in nature. If you think your child is being affected by nature-deficit disorder, these tips and resources are here for you:
Start at Home
14 Ideas for a Kid-Friendly Backyard Play Area
7 Major Benefits of Bouncing on a Trampoline for Kids
Home Science: Backyard Astronomy Basics
9 DIY Bubble Games That Don’t Use a Wand
Get out of Town
7 Reasons Your Family Should Visit a National Park for Spring Break
The 11 Best Family Hikes in America
4 Tips When Mountain Biking With Your Child
19 Best Beaches for Families and Kids
Keep it Local
17 FUN Activities to Do at the Park
What Are the Benefits of Swimming for Kids?
Five Reasons Your Child Should Be Playing Four Square
Finding the Right Team Sport for Your Child
It might be true that kids are not spending as much time outdoors these days, but you can change that for your child. Find ways to prevent nature-deficit disorder through engaging in awesome outdoor activities and outings. And in the process, you will likely realize some significant benefits in your own life!
I hope you found some helpful links and resources in this article, and I hope you all continue to get outside with your families as we stay healthy and safe at home!
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