The main theme of the book was to examine the need for children to interact with nature. Louv introduced many key concepts of how our daily interaction with natural real world is vital for our overall healthy development and lifestyle. The progression of advanced technology in the world has impacted us dramatically.
The Nature-Child Reunion Chapter Bringing Nature Home Parents can play a key role in getting their children more in tune with nature. Instead of thinking about it as just another thing on a to-do list, Louv suggests that parents incorporate nature as a form of stress relief.
He also urges parents to get over their perfectionism if it's not done right, it shouldn't be done at all! Louv says it's better for parents and children to learn about nature together, rather than the parents learning about nature for the purpose of teaching it to the child which isn't bad, but it's not necessarily the best option.
Enthusiasm, writes Louv, is another key element in reuniting today's children with nature.
If a parent is enthusiastic about going on hikes with their child, then it's likely that their enthusiasm will rub off on the child. Another way to pique a child's interest is to read to them about nature. Author Kathryn Kramer grew up reading The Lord of the Rings, which through Tolkien's vivid descriptions of the natural world, sparked her interest in nature.
She read the series to her young son, and in turn, he also became enthusiastic about nature. Louv also compares electronic stimuli to a "sugared drink on a hot day".
It always leaves you needing more. Facing the Bogeyman In this chapter, Louv encourages parents to offer "controlled risk" for their child. Let them run around, but keep them "just at the edge of sight and sound". Children need to be able to explore, and if that need is not met as a child, it may never develop properly as a teenager or an adult resulting in them taking risks that could land them in prison or them being convicted of a crime.
Children playing in nature will also increase their survival skills and their ability to detect real danger, and they will be less likely to look for "phony danger" as they grow older.
Louv says that one of the most important thing you can do to protect your child without impeding their curiosity and need to explore, is to give them a cell phone if they're say, 10 or older to use when they go off on their own. That way, they feel like they're on their own, but the parent can contact them at anytime.
Other ways for parents to protect children are: Also, make sure the child knows which adults in their neighborhood they can trust. Using Nature as a Moral Teacher Louv starts out the chapter by telling a story about when he was a child, and his parents would "rescue" turtles from the road, and put them in their backyard for the summer.
He says that doing this helped him connect to nature, and created a strong family bond. Louv also emphasizes fishing as an important hands-on nature and family bonding experience.
Organizations such as PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have declared fishing "the final frontier of animal rights", and are largely targeting youth for their message. But even disregarding PETA, participation in hands on nature activities, such as fishing have decreased rapidly in the last few decades.Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder is a book by author Richard Louv that documents decreased exposure of children to nature in American society and how this "nature-deficit disorder" harms children and society.
Nature Deficit Disorder is a term coined by Richard Louv in his book “Last Child in the Woods”. He outlines exactly what this is, the impact the disorder is having on us, the barriers we face in trying to change it and the threat in the not to distant future unless action is taken.
In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Louv, Richard and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at r-bridal.com Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a.
Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, brought the need to reconnect children with nature to the forefront of childhood issues. The book describes the current status of children and nature play, noting the growing divide between the two.