by Jenny Miller, StopNDD.org
Have you heard of nature-deficit disorder? While you won’t find it on WebMD, nature-deficit disorder is a real problem facing families today. As people grow disconnected from the natural world, they’re missing out on the therapeutic benefits of the great outdoors. While nature deficit disorder affects everyone, it has especially far-reaching consequences for children.
How Does Nature-Deficit Disorder Affect Kids?
Without enough time outdoors, children face numerous health risks to the mind and body.
Nature-Based Activities for Toddlers and Pre-K
There are plenty of outdoor activities you can engage in with younger children.
Raising Elementary Schoolers Who Love the Outdoors
Even school-aged children can find ways to engage in and explore the outdoors.
How to Get Teens and Pre-Teens Outside
It might take a little extra motivation, but your teen will benefit greatly from time outside with family.
With so many things vying for kids’ attention inside, it can be tough to raise kids who love the outdoors. Luckily, there are plenty of outdoor activities to inspire a love of nature in your children. Whether it’s going for a hike or just playing in your backyard, take the opportunity to get your family outdoors — it’s good for you!
While I had not heard the term nature-deficit disorder before talking with Jenny, I do know the importance to young and old alike of getting outside.
With that in mind and winter quickly approaching (at least in the midwestern US), let me add these seasonally appropriate ideas:
100+ Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids by Run Wild My Child
10 Fun Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids & Adults by MoneyCrashers
Now, grab your coat and get outside!