Kids all over America are suffering from what Richard Louv calls "Nature Deficit Disorder", an issue which is causing an ever-deepening disconnection between kids and nature and which will have repercussions for this and future generations interactions with the natural world. The root causes for this are many, according to Louv, including: living in a liability-happy world (i.e., no more kid-made treehouses); an increase in homework; parental overscheduling of kids' time with afterschool activities; the attention-sucking abilities of TV and video games; urban sprawl (reducing areas kids are able to play in nature); and more. Louv suggests helping your child find a self-directed space in nature where they can be curious and creative, whether be in your own yard, a park, or some open space in the neighborhood. Kids who have this have been shown to be more relaxed and creative (helping greatly with ADHD and autism). A fascinating read for parents, teachers, and administrators alike.
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