Haven’t been able to hike the past few weeks since I’ve been spending my weekends in airports (7 in 3 days, nice..), but I did get to read a terrific book that I’m blatantly suggesting every parent should read. A fellow blogger and colleague smartly suggested it, so I give him credit. “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv” came out a few years ago and has led to something of a mini-movement to get kids to re-connect with nature. The book’s premise is that kids need to get out
explore. Less Wii, less TV, less iPhones, and more running around in nature. That’s an over-simplification and the book explores many other themes and avenues. I’ve started taking my own child on mini-hikes. Sometimes they’re structured along a trail or exhibit, but other times, the hike is more of a rambling walk. I’ve yet to be disappointed with these outings, and they only inspire me to do more. The book is a good reminder of why. I’ve been called ‘street-smart’ and ‘book-smart’ and ‘tech-smart’ at various times of my life (as well as some not so positive descriptors….), but if I can help myself and my kid become a bit more ‘nature-smart’ as Richard Louv describes it, that’s all for the better. See Louv’s excellent blog here.