4. Book of the Month - Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
We all know that getting outside and being in nature is inherently good for us. We don't need science to tell us this. But Last Child in the Woods is an eye-opening look at the research behind the myriad of ways nature has a positive impact on us (or a negative impact if we are 'nature-deficient).
The impacts are even larger at a young age. Revised and updated last in 2008, Last Child in the Woods is a relevant as ever with the increased popularity of mobile devices, online gaming, and time spent indoors because of COVID-19.
A must-read for any parents of young children.
"Nature-deficit disorder isn’t a medical condition – it’s a description of the human costs of being alienated from nature. There are solutions, though, and they’re right in our own backyards. The author brings together research that shows how exposing children to nature is essential for healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual development. Parents have the power to ensure their kids won’t be the last child in the woods, and this book is a step toward reuniting children with nature.
Last Child in the Woods has spurred a national dialogue among educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists. This is a book that will change the way you think about your future and the future of your children."
Read more about the book here.
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