Studies have found that playing in nature offers a multitude of benefits including psychological well-being, cognitive growth, physical health and social, spiritual and tangible health. It has also been shown to increase a child’s concern for their natural environment. The most recent study recommends that everyone – kids and adults – get at least 120 minutes a week in nature. So how do you do that? We have some ideas for incorporating nature play throughout the year.
Parenting is tough. Even in the best of times. Parenting through Crisis is tougher.
We’ve collected some resources to help you get a grasp on how you can help your kids and yourselves during this stressful, overwhelming and isolating time.
Here are some practical ways to help our kids during our current crisis. Get your FAQs about COVID-19 answered, learn about local cancellations and closings and find resources for talking with our kids about the pandemic.
I wrote this article about Family Screen Time a few years ago, but it has extra relevance today. Links have all been checked and are current as of March 2020.
My biggest problem with screen time is how alienating it can be. There are times when we are all on different devices doing our own thing. Even when we do watch movies and shows together, we don’t really interact. This year, since our family room television is actually a big computer screen, we’ve been discovering new ways to have screen time also be family time.
This is an ongoing list of my favorite ways to enjoy screen time as a family. As I find new ones, I hope to keep adding them here. If you have favorite websites that encourage family interaction, leave us a comment below. Don’t tell the kids, but most of these are actually educational as well as fun. Some of these sites require an account, but all of them are free or have a free option.
Drop us a line if you have some favorite online activities you can do as a family.