Nature Deficit Family


Although we are a very tech-filled family, I’m a huge fan of Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.  We live it.

As a family living in a very urban setting (in a high rise just a stone’s throw from downtown Toronto), we find ourselves spending most of our time in greenspaces and conservation areas.  We’re fortunate to be surrounded by parkland, and world class conservation areas are a car ride away.

Outdoor living re-energises us all.  And sometimes, it’s the only way to cope with three children ages five and under – get ‘em outside.  Free play and fresh air will sort them out.

Recently Hubby had an appointment during our family’s meal time (aka the witching hour).  I was alone with three children who had no interest in healthy eating or table manners.  I had a hearty splitpea soup with fresh rolls set out for the children.  I will spare you the details, but suffice it to say that I still have split pea soup covering my walls and carpet.  And I found a stale cheese bun behind my sofa the other day.

I gave up, wiped and dressed them as best I could and set off in the rain for a walk to our local library park.  We admired lush greenery, splashed in puddles and rescued snails.

Hubby found us about half a mile from home standing in a downpour looking at flowers.  The kids were happy.  And so was I.


Note: I was in no way compensated for writing this post, I simply wanted to share my family’s experiences. 

Here is a link to Richar Louv’s website

And a discussion from The Hospital for Sick Children about Nature Deficit Disorder.




About Angela

Super-powered, Special Ed teacher and special needs mama to FOUR (!) children with an assortment of special needs; including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Prader Willi Syndrome. Our family features a heavy dose of good ol' ADHD). I blog about our halfpastnormal life.
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