this essay by Sarah Walker, a member of the Board of Directors for the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. She makes a great point. In many ways we are teaching children to be afraid of the world. We need to counterbalance those messages by helping them find places in the natural world where they feel connected, secure and confident. We need to help them understand life is good. Here is a snippet from Sarah’s essay:
“Today’s kids live in world where society largely believes that leaving the backyard to play is too dangerous, walking to school is too risky and exploring the small river in the park is a health hazard. The only place to be absolutely safe is inside…
However, there is something that we can do to make sure this generation of children reaches adulthood feeling secure and safe in their individuality and surroundings. Take your child outside; let them discover at what height they can jump from before it hurts, or how fast they can run down a grassy hill before they fall. Let them explore the fascinating world that is nature, let them watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly and understand that their potential has no bounds.”
Read Sarah’s full article HERE. Then take your kids outside and help them fall in love with the world they live in!