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Nature Deficit Disorder and Raising a Generation to Love the Outdoors

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Nature deficit disorder is a term from Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods,” describing child behavioral problems when alienated from nature. This is a growing body of research that directly links our association with nature to our health and well-being. For example, children who are frequently outdoors are …

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Five Unexpected Benefits of a Family Sport/Hobby/Activity

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About two years ago, I enrolled my 4 1/2-year-old son in martial arts.  Nine months later his 7-year-old sister hopped in.  The following month, my husband and I were hooked, and the following month my 9-year-old daughter joined in.  This month, my last born turned 4 and now he too, …

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My kids have quit the sport that I love.

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Swimming has been a lifelong love for me, and I had always dreamed of raising my kids in the sport. But let’s be honest here, it takes a lot of effort and determination to raise a child as a swimmer in Reno because there is a depressing lack of public …

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5 Ways After-school Activities Benefit Your Child

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It’s no real secret that after-school extracurriculars are beneficial to children. But while the after-school care is nice (particularly for parents) and the activities keep children “out of trouble” by diverting their attention and energy to more productive activities, there are even more important ways after-school activities benefit children. Here …

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