May 25, 2010
Kids Need Fresh Air and Green Spaces (original title)
In my gmail today;
it’s not just Indigo Kids or Star Kids who need plenty of time out in the natural world, but every child. Many parents today are depriving their children of the one thing that can help make them whole; Green Spaces, Fresh Air. Nature.
What I hear often from Indigo kids and teens is how difficult it is just to get time to play, and time outside in the natural world. Parents, listen up: your children CRAVE this! And they aren’t getting it — at least, nowhere near enough of it. They need a minimum of one hour a day, EVERY day.
Sure, you as parents have tight schedules and demands. But that doesn’t mean your kids have to suffer deprivation as a result. I know that it’s a challenge — and I know that parents of Indigo and Star Seed kids are up to it, because I know plenty of parents who make sure their children get enough:
- Unstructured play time. This is important to help your kids nurture their immense creative aspects. (P.S. Unstructured doesn’t mean “unsupervised”. . . )
- At least one hour every day out in the natural world. You know. Trees. Water. Fresh air. Animals. Flowers and plants. Your children need contact with and understanding of Nature. Make sure they get their daily “vitamin” of it. Gardens are good — for all family members — even if it’s just a potted plant on the balcony or patio
- Healthy food. Even snacks can be healthy, with a little advance planning.
- Rest. (By the way, TV and computer games are NOT restful and do NOT qualify as rest.)
If you’d like a little inspiration for getting kids out into some fresh air and green spaces, here’s a book (The Green Hour by Todd Christopher) and initiative that supports it:
Your children deserve to have a life that connects them directly with Nature. Other parents are finding ways to do this — and you can too. Your children depend on you to help provide the environment where they will thrive. Make sure they get it.
If you are an Indigo kid, teen, or Star Seed adult, the missing element in your life just might be Nature. Plan to get back in touch with it, because it will heal and nurture you in ways nothing else can.
Oh, and if you want to learn how to communicate effectively with Nature, and teach your children, you might like to get this free report from How To Partner With Nature Intelligence. (I think you will like it.)