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How to Address Nature-Deficit Disorder with Your Kids

Nature-deficit disorder is a phrase coined by author Richard Louv in his 2005 book “Last Child in the Woods” to describe children’s disconnection from nature. While it isn’t a medical diagnosis, being alienated from nature can still have a significant impact on children’s growth and well-being. If you’re looking for more ways to immerse your children in the natural world, these resources can help you get on the right path.

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Some kids are drawn to outdoor activities on their own, while others need a little nudge in the right direction. Encouraging children to play outside amid nature, whether it’s enjoying new sports as a family or staying in your backyard, can build a lifelong bond with the outside world.