This week I attended a community workshop sponsored by the Children and Nature Network, which is an organization committed to getting families outdoors. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and who coined the term "nature deficit disorder", emphasises that children are happier, healthier, and better problem solvers when they connect with nature. The workshop was full of great information - but I also left wondering, what type of a world requires reminders for playing outside? Is this my world?
Well, thank goodness for Delicious Baby's Photo Friday to lift my spirits! While searching for my weekly photo, I realized just how much time is spent outdoors while on vacation. If you sift through your own vacation photos, chances are, you will find a large assortment of hikes, trails, adventures and seashores. So yes, I will of course continue to shoo my kids outside for the afternoons, take them to the parks on the weekends, and embark upon lots of day trips. But I'll also be ordering that book for my husband, as justification for an extensive 2009-2010 travel itinerary. It's good for the kids!