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Why Kids Need to Spend Time Outdoors

Does Your Child Suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?

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  • Agreed we all need the time outdoors!
  • Fresh air and sunshine are good for human beings!
  • we all need outside time..just to be healthy
  • Everyone needs to be outside and away from devices.
  • We always played outside. We just put limits on device time
  • its up to the adults..we need to be outside too...and make sure they find things outside that they find fun
  • It's sad that our world is different now than it was when we were raising our children. However, I take my grandson & his friend's to the playground. We live in the country. It's a wonderful place to raise kids
  • Why do you think kids can't "free range" anymore? Exploring their neighborhood, community, etc is what makes being a kid a fun thing. I remember taking long, long bike rides to neighboring communities when I was a kid to check out their mill park or different playgrounds than the ones I was used to. Telling kids that they can no longer do those types of things just instills fear. Maybe make a family trip of it the first time if you are so afraid. But please, let kids be kids and explore their world.
  • Everyone needs time outdoors, not just kids!
  • I totally agree! I do worry about cars because, sadly, people aren't used to kids being outside & don't watch for them anymore (and my neighborhood has no sidewalks). There are also less kids outside for creeps to pick from, so mine have a better chance of being messed with by sickos (I had a family member get abducted by a stranger - luckily we got her back OK).

    Having said that, my kids play outside in the fenced yard almost daily (where I can see them). We also frequently go to playgrounds, parks, fishing, hiking, sledding, snowball fighting, etc! It gets me outdoors too and I feel safe being able to watch my kids...it's a win-win!
  • This is SO TRUE! Kids NEED to be outside to gain all the benefits cited in the article AND to ensure that they care about the environment!!
  • My kids grew up in a coastal Oregon town where they were lucky to have lots to do outdoors. We have parks, nature areas, beaches and lots more. They a very large part of their free time outdoors as did I when I was a child.
  • CIRCE_NOT_XL
    "Those days are over". Who says? My neighbors and I routinely boot our kids out the door and expect them to play together, to ranger over the neighborhood, down the street (or across our little town) to the parks, and back again. We expect them to play Ghosts in the Graveyard, Freeze Tag, and Hide-and-Seek. We're a neighborhood with the young and the old in it--parental ages range from late teens to late fifties--no, those days aren't over...the only thing REALLY lacking is the type of parent it takes to let it go on.
  • Funny how I am always saying this, seems like kids stay indoors, they don't like nature, don't like dirt, bugs or mud. I would slowly die if I had to stay indoors, I hate my "work week" periods because there is only a minimum of outside time in those 3 nights, it makes me cranky and restless. Kids that play outside utilize imagination, get more physical activity, have better appetites for healthy foods. One of the sad things about today's families is that a majority of them do not know the joys of gardening. Tilling the earth, planting the seeds, harvesting the fruits and vegetables and placing them on the table can be a family project to get everyone outside and active, and provide a pride in the accomplishment.
  • HOTMOR
    I totally agree with your point of view. Where I work as a teacher, no outdoor activity. It sort of disconnect the child from nature as you stated.

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