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Curing Nature Deficit Disorder - Getting your Kids Connected to their World

"Mommy, look a feather. Is it a blue jay feather?"

As I turn back to see my little one holding out a feather that he just found on the forest floor, I am a bit surprised.

"Yes, yes that is a blue jay feather.  Isn't it pretty?  Shall we take it home?"

"Yes, yes, let's bring it home."

I am beginning to see the fruitage of all those treks into the woods, swamps, and so forth.  I can smile and feel confident that they are growing with a deep connection to their world and their surroundings.  It has come about by simply making the woods, streams, ponds, shores and meadows a regular, constant feature in their lives, and by taking them in with awe and wonder, pointing out {but not analyzing} the dew on the blades of grass, or the tiniest snowflake on a bush, or the colors of the sunset.  Analyzing kills this awe and joy, and yet, in our fast paced, goal oriented world, it is often hard to not give all the information.  {I know!}  But holding back, and holding the moment can bring such richness and depth to their lives, and into the core of their being.    


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