International Children’s Day : Reconnecting children and nature

Today,  International Children’s Day, my particular goal is to enable children to reconnect with their environment … Background  The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. It is usually marked with speeches on children’s rights and wellbeing, and other events involving orContinue reading “International Children’s Day : Reconnecting children and nature”

Disability, Kids and Our Connection with Nature

After the Olympics, come the Paralympics … People with disabilities – especially children – fighting for their rights, is a hugely personal area for me – I used to be a ‘disability coordinator’. Before I explain why interest, first – this from William G. Stothers on ‘why special needs children need Nature’!  When I was 8Continue reading “Disability, Kids and Our Connection with Nature”

It takes a forest, a field and a stream to raise a child

In 1996, back when the present U.S. Secretary of State was the first lady, Hillary Rodham-Clinton published a book titled “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us,” which popularized an old African proverb — “It takes a village to raise a child.” I’m betting that if David Paddock writes a book, itContinue reading “It takes a forest, a field and a stream to raise a child”

Researchers find time in wild boosts creativity, insight and problem solving

There’s new evidence that our minds thrive away from it all. Children and Nature Network report Research conducted at the University of Kansas concludes that people from all walks of life show startling cognitive improvement — for instance, a 50 percent boost in creativity — after living for a few days steeped in nature. RuthContinue reading “Researchers find time in wild boosts creativity, insight and problem solving”