We all want contact with the outdoors and the natural world, says Dr Dimity Williams in this article for parenting magazine, the Bub Hub. Yet today’s lifestyle means we live inside our homes, cars or in big shopping centres which restrict and blunt our senses.
This is especially true for our children. There is now an expanding body of research which links time out in nature to better health and childhood development and yet few parents are aware of this.
Dr Williams offers several ways to fit in a ‘green hour’ each day which you can read about HERE
Good luck and may the force of nature be with you!
The story was first published in the Bub Hub on 22 January 2016.
Want to know more?
There are many resources to help parents get their kids outside into nature.
In most Australian states there are nature play organisations and Bush Kinder is gaining traction too.
One terrific resource is the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 50 things for kids to do brochure.
For a lighthearted look at the lack of nature in the lives of today’s children, check out the English film, Project Wildthing.
Dr Dimity Williams works as a GP in Melbourne, is the Biodiversity Convenor for Doctors for the Environment Australia and a Co-Founder of the Kids in Nature Network.