|by Kathy Terrell, Schoolhouse Manager|
In sharp contrast is the child of today—overbooked, overscheduled (racing to get from swim team practice to baseball practice to music lessons) or (left to their own devices) spending hours in front of a television set or playing video games. Whatever happened to those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer for today’s children? The timeframe is still the same, but the mentality is totally different. Today’s child has limited time to explore and play the way children of yesteryear did.
Recent research has shown that today’s indoor, sedentary lifestyle is harming children. Conversely, unstructured play in nature has been shown to make kids happier, healthier and smarter. In response to these findings and the growing concern of nature deficit disorder, grassroots organizations have sprung up in Ohio, across the country and around the world. In fact, Ohio is one of the nation’s leaders in the Leave No Child Inside Movement. To learn more about the movement, visit www.ohiolnci.org.