How much time do you and your little one spend in the great outdoors?
As for me? Not enough. I was pondering this fact today as I was trapped in my office looking out onto a gorgeous day filled with blue skies and sunshine. Sigh.
As a mama to a munchkin, you may find yourself simply struggling to eat, sleep and get a shower, let alone pack up and head outside for playtime or simply some fresh air. I'm with you.
I work, cook, clean-up, and sometimes, by the time there is time to play, I'm done.
I recently stumbled across the book “Last Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.” Nature WHAT disorder? Yep, nature-deficit disorder. As if we parents don't have enough to worry about.
Written by Richard Louv a few years ago, this book links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation to some of today's most alarming childhood trends, such as obesity rates, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and depression.
What do you think? Can it be? Do you believe there could be a link between the time we spend indoors vs. outdoors and the health and well-being of our kiddos?
I consider myself to be an outdoorsy girl. I'd like to think I am raising my child to appreciate and value nature and all that it has to offer as well. The question is, when working, cooking, cleaning, and simply trying to stay afloat, how DOES a family make and take the time to get outside daily?
If you're struggling to get outside, even when the weather is grand, here are a few thoughts:
*Babies and young children are portable: baby-wearing, baby-carrying or an all-terrain jogging stroller (highly recommend) make it easier.
*No time is a bad time to get outside. One thing that works best in our household is the early morning walk with two dogs and a jogging stroller with the kiddo munching a kid-friendly breakfast as we meander through the neighborhood. Kiddo gets breakfast, dogs get walked and mama gets exercise. It's my favorite kind of multi-tasking.
*You don't have to venture far from home to enjoy Mother Nature. My favorite evenings are spent in our own backyard rolling a ball around and digging in the dirt with the munchkin.
*The majority of outdoor activities are free. It's a great investment for the soul, too.
Though I certainly don't think our family is suffering from nature-deficit disorder, I could certainly use a little more outdoor time.
What about you and yours? Where are you heading out to today?