We're a month into back-to-school — now it's time to get back outside!
It's been non-stop. And in my head-spinning effort to do it all well, I may have neglected to take care of my kids!
They're fed and clothed and their heads are probably filling with math equations and verb conjugations, but they're stressed out. They don't seem happy. Neither am I.
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What we need is a dose of Vitamin N — some time in nature.
According to the results of this year's 30×30 Nature Challenge, spending 30 minutes in nature for 30 days results in an increased ability to concentrate, more energy and vitality and a significantly increased overall sense of well-being.
That's what I'm talking about!
Back-to-school has worn our family out and we need an infusion of fresh air, dirty boots and happy hearts!
Luckily the Fall Family Challenge is in mid-swing with fun weekly activities to help families carve time in nature into busy weekly schedules.
This week, we're sprouting socks and learning about the micro-organisms in our local ecology.
It may not be as big as finding a cure for cancer, but giving ourselves and our kids some time to breathe and explore just might lead to the sort of thinking that is.
Tovah Paglaro, a fellow Queen of Green