Why is it important for our children to connect to Nature
The world has rapidly changed post the pandemic and one of the aspects that have been deeply affected in bringing up our children is appreciation and care for Nature. Currently, it has become very important to teach and maintain our and our children’s relationship with Nature. It goes a long way in boosting imagination, creativity and confidence. It is also great for reducing stress levels.
Following are some ways that elucidate the importance of Nature for you and your child.
Spending time in Nature helps children unwind
Applicable to both adults and children alike, nature has a nourishing effect on our minds. Spending time in nature is proven to have cognitive benefits, it reduces stress levels and is said to help cope with the pressure of relationships at work and school by giving children a much-needed break and improving moods to induce empathy and cooperation. Even a tiny amount of time spent outdoors can help children relieve anxiety.
Reduces screen time and stimulates the mind
Family time or play time away from their screens helps you and your child grow as people. It gives your eyes a necessary break. Spending time in nature also leads to a process of self-discovery. Spending time outside engages the mind and body as children have to put effort to create activities and play games. Being able to explore their unstructured surroundings in the most innovative ways boosts confidence and independence in children.
Bonding time with family and friends
Dedicated family time away from distracting screens is a beautiful way to create bonding moments with your children. Improved mental health and spending stress-free time outdoors make it much easier to create memories together. A one-on-one moment with your child is much needed to build trust and confidence in your child. Nature also teaches children the art of socialization which is important, especially during their growing up years. Playing outdoors together, children get to interact with peers and make friends in a much more relaxed environment. Thus they make friends, play and resolve issues without inhibitions.
Building resilience and respect for Nature
Sometimes staying outdoors gives you a unique perspective, unpredictable weather, nicks, cuts, bruises or winding grassy pathways, there is always a new challenge. This in a way prepares them for situations that they may face later on. Children hold the key to the future thus they also share the responsibility to preserve the planet. When children spend time in nature, they learn to respect the environment and also learn ways to preserve it
Connecting to nature benefits children in more ways than one. Spending time outdoors does inculcate a sense of appreciation for the environment but the most efficient way to help our children learn about nature is to lead by example. If we appreciate nature, our children are bound to follow.