I came across this article and was truly horrified.
How sad (and true!) is this?!
Thankfully, both of my boys adore the outdoors, so I have not come across this issue...yet. (They're still little and have no choice - ha!) And, we are so blessed to live in an area that is full of fun things to do outside. We spent Sunday morning walking the trails at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside. The flowers and butterflies were stunning. There were abundant trails leading through the forest right down to the shores of Lake Michigan. We skipped rocks, planned an engaging scavenger hunt, learned all about owls, and even got to feed a giant snapping turtle!
Did I mention that fresh air tires energetic toddlers out?
There's a time and place for all the wonderful technologies of today.
Not only is spending quality family time in nature fun, but it is also critical to instilling a healthy conservation ethic into our little people. Pick up garbage on your hike...whoever collects the most "wins"!
So, please don't let your kids/family suffer from "nature deficit disorder"...
With fall just days away, weather is nearly perfect.
The leaves are about to change color.
Pumpkin farms and apple orchards are getting underway.
Not to mention, this is an ideal time for a trip to the zoo or park!
It is truly gorgeous out there...so get exploring!
~ photos by bits of breezy ~