The LA Times hosted a health chat with Richard Louv last week, known for describing “nature deficit disorder.” I’m a big fan of his ideas. It’s an ongoing challenge to keep nature, in all its forms, an active part of the lives of our teenagers. We’re in the midst of one success story: the 13- and 14-yr-old are hiking for a week with their grandparents, at the Grand Canyon and in southern Utah (Zion NP, and elsewhere). We didn’t force them to leave their phones here, and my daughter stays remarkably aware of wi-fi zones in the hotels where they stay. But I know that at least their days are spent hiking and phone-free, and this journey with John and Wendy will certainly be a life-long memory for them. If they just survive the 24-hrs/day they’re spending with each other right now…
And look, even cats know the fun of roaming outdoors.
Stop reading this blog. Go outside and walk around the block, or if you’re lucky, up in the woods.
Thanks, Janet, for the hat tip on Louv’s interview.