How to Raise a Wild Child : The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature
Overview - From the beloved host of PBS Kids "Dinosaur Train, " an easy-to-use guide for parents, teachers, and others looking to foster a strong connection between children and nature, complete with engaging activities, troubleshooting advice, and much more American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors 90 percent less time than their parents did. Read more...
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From the beloved host of PBS Kids "Dinosaur Train, " an easy-to-use guide for parents, teachers, and others looking to foster a strong connection between children and nature, complete with engaging activities, troubleshooting advice, and much more American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors 90 percent less time than their parents did. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat illness, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in nature seems to yield long-term benefits in kids cognitive, emotional, and social development. Yet teachers, parents, and other caregivers lack a basic understanding of how to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world. "How to Raise a Wild Child" offers a timely and engaging antidote, showing how kids connection to nature changes as they mature. Distilling the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a sense of place along the way."
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Sampson, a paleontologist and host of PBS’s Dinosaur Train, sounds the clarion call for parents and other adults to help kids connect to nature before it’s too late. He cites research indicating that overscheduling and too much time spent indoors and in front of screens lead to obesity, stress, and other negative consequences for kids and, in general, for the planet’s sustainability. Nature, he claims, is good for the physical and emotional health of all humans, and children have suffered a “progressive alienation” from nature. Sampson explains how parents can become “nature mentors” and make a determined effort to change not only their children’s habits but their own. He offers practical tips (such as to visit local farms and go on hikes) along with 10 “secrets” for making nature an integral part of a child’s life. Boomers, he believes, were the last generation to have been brought up with a strong nature connection, recounting by way of example his own early experience with a pond filled with pollywogs. This timely, significant work carries a far-reaching message for families and the planet. Agent: Esmond Harmsworth, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. (Mar.)