If we deny our children valuable time spent in nature, how can we expect them to care about it in any meaningful way? Our planet is at risk of becoming a ‘thing’ utterly divorced from our daily existence at the worst possible time.
Changing our relationship to the outdoors isn’t hard; after all, kids love being outside, and they love playing without their parents hovering over them. Gardens small and large, parks, abandoned lots, scrubland – anything goes when it comes to setting them free. And it doesn’t cost a thing.
So try it. Get out there. Set them free. Watch them grow wild.
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