Do you get out enough? I mean outside — you, the kids, the family — in the great outdoors. Go on, you know you want to. The case for getting outside is well made; my problem is doing it. It used to be easy. When the kids were small I could just pick them up and take them out.
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What are the benefits of nature? These are a few of many questions addressed by researchers in recent years. The answers provide important insights for families and schools. No special equipment is necessary. In fact, children can be mesmerized with the simplicity of nature and the creative possibilities that emerge. I write this article, not only as a developmental psychologist and researcher, but from my own experience.
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TODAY does have affiliate relationships with various online retailers. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue. As the weather gets warmer and backyards begin to thaw, most parents can hardly wait to utter three fantastic words: "Go play outside. It'll be glorious at first. But it won't be long until kids — who spent the winter cooped up inside, dreaming of sunshine — begin to complain about having nothing to do.
Join the Great American Backyard Campout this weekend! These tips from the National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There campaign will help families get a daily dose of nature—to improve children's physical, mental and emotional well-being. Kids today spend 55 hours a week indoors using electronics, and less and less time outdoors.