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What are your fondest summer childhood memories? Do you remember the feeling of climbing a tree to the highest point and sitting on the wobbly branch as you looked out at the blue sky and watched the fluffy clouds move? Do you remember the empty lots where you spent hours creating forts and shelters out of the branches of trees? I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and my fondest childhood memories were being outside and exploring my natural environment. No one was plugged in and the families with television watched it together at designated times a few hours a week.
Our country is in a crisis and that crisis is unhealthy habits and lifestyles for children of all ages. We are in a society where we have convinced ourselves that organized adult driven sports and activities are equivalent to getting children outside. Organized sports are not a replacement for children simply exploring. Richard Louv in his book “Last Child in The Woods” talks about “Nature Ritalin -the unfolding evidence that time spent in green spaces helps children focus better and think more clearly. Mary Pfifer in her book, The Shelter Among Us-Rebuilding the American Family” discusses in depth how our plugged in culture is adding stress to children of all ages and how the media and its messages are anti-family. Pfifer strongly advises, unplug the iPod, the TV, the computer, the video games and simply go outside.
This blog is brought to you by Pam Worth Director of Tiny Treks a nature exploration program for young children that has been established in the Northern California for 16 years.
Pam Worth MA, BCC is the founder of Tiny Treks (www.tinytreks.com), an innovative parent participation outdoor exploration program which has served thousands of families since 1997. Pam is also a
parent educator specializing in workshops on Healthy Lifestyles
for Families. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were
developed through her 30 years of experience in early childhood, elementary and parent education along with teacher mentorship, and family coaching. Currently, Pam is a guest lecturer at parenting workshops throughout the country and is
recognized for pioneering outdoor education programing for early childhood. She also specializes in guiding families to reducing media interference, identifying creative boundaries and alternatives to media usage. Pam focuses on Mindful Parenting through creative ideas and tools.
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