"Streets and parks that used to teem with children are now empty. Simultaneous with this development, obesity, diabetes, and ADHD, and other behavioral problems have become rampant, with American children now being three times more likely to be medicated with stimulants and antidepressants than their European peers." (McGurk, p 5)
I have recently been inspired by this book:
I love being outside. I automatically feel better out in nature. It's one of the reasons that I love gardening and farming. The farm makes me get outside and work on things every day and the kids too. Usually what happens is that they go out to do their morning or evening farm chore and end up staying out much longer playing imaginative games.
She is recommending 4-5 hours outside every day for kids of elementary school ages like mine. We are blessed to have made some good friends who also believe that learning and playing outside is essential for developing happy, healthy, creative, and intelligent minds. That is helping me in my quest to expand our outdoor time.
They have been using their imaginations playing with the wading pool that they pulled out of the barn this week. Both in snowy weather --
Rain or Shine Mamma