Solving the Problem of Nature-Deficit Disorder for your Kids

September 21, 2020
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Solving the Problem of Nature-Deficit Disorder for Your Kids


The premise of nature-deficit disorder (NDD) is simple: People are not spending enough time outdoors. Over the last few decades, this problem has become increasingly prevalent, and it especially impacts children. Fortunately, there is a practical solution to this problem: Think of some fun outdoor activities in and around Hamilton Township and encourage your kids to spend less time staring at an electronic screen and more time in nature.


Here are some ideas to help you get this process started.


Screen Time Limits 


Screen Time and Kids: New Findings Parents Need to Know

The WHO’s New Screen Time Limits Aren’t Really About Screens

4 Parent-Tested Systems You Can Use to Limit Screen Time


Outdoor Time at Home 


Home Science: Backyard Conservation

7 Mind-Blowing Backyard Science Experiments for Kids

Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Young Kids


Outdoor Time Elsewhere 

Encourage Education Through Local Gardening Programs

11 Tips for Day Hiking with Young Children

17 FUN Activities to Do at the Park

Storm Spotting for Children: At-Home Meteorology

Find Outdoor Volunteering Opportunities at Earthwise Society


Outdoor Sports 


3 Ways to Introduce Kids to Tennis

7 Benefits of Kids Soccer

Softball and Baseball for Kids

How to Teach Kids to Swim at Every Age


It’s true that this generation of children is not getting some of the benefits offered by spending time in nature. The good news is that you can do something about it for your own child. Consider setting screen time limits, and let your child experiment with outdoor activities and sports until they discover some that they enjoy. You might be surprised by how much of a difference a little time in the great outdoors can make!

-Jenny Miller