Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Last Child in the Woods

I read this book a few weeks ago and it literally changed my views on the needs of my children. I thought that warm,loving care, nutritious food,mental stimulation and books were all that my children needed at this stage of life. But this book made me realize that they need nature,too and outdoor experiences can be one of the greatest teachers of all!

I was aware of the benefits of outdoor play for the enjoyment and for the social skills that they pick up in the playground. However, this book made me realize that children need nature and they need to touch and smell flowers,admire the shape of clouds and touch sand,mud and other natural materials,not just the wii remote.

I think this book is a compelling read for parents of our generation.