How to Raise a Wild Child

The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature (2015.3)


关于本书 About the book

The average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth.

Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in natural settings seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development. How to Raise a Wild Child is a timely and engaging antidote, offering teachers, parents, and other caregivers the necessary tools to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world.

本书金句 Key insights

● Children who spend a considerable amount of time in nature have stronger immune systems than children who don’t. On top of this, they often show stronger social skills and are less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

● Children who attended a forest kindergarten exhibit better academic performance than their peers in both reading and math. They also show greater creativity and confidence when solving problems.

● There are more ways to get your kids connected with nature because there are lots of different kinds of natural environments out there. We can divide these into three categories: wild, domestic and technological.

● Kids of all ages have something to gain from the great outdoors.