Go the fuck outside and play

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417586634 72442be20c 450x337 Go the fuck outside and play

Key elements: outside and… actually, nothing else. (img by Erich Ferdinand)

Kids who do play outside are less likely to get sick, to be stressed or become aggressive, and are more adaptable to life’s unpredictable turns, [dude] said. Since his book came out, things have gotten worse.

Dude coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder. You won’t find this one in the DSM, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it real. I see kids almost daily who have no idea how to play outside. Put them in a park with highly climbable trees and they’ll reach for their Nintendo DS or iPod Touch or Kindle and play games or read books about dudes who climb trees. It usually takes some effort to teach them that they, too, can climb trees.

So help me out. If you’re a parent, send your kid outside to play. For several hours at a time. Analog play devices allowed, but nothing digital.

If you aren’t a parent: go outside and play yourself. Wander around the park. Jump on things. Climb something. Draw something with an actual pen and paper.

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3 Responses

  1. Paracelse July 3 2012 @ 11:50am

    ‘S’cuse me Sir… wass a pen and paper Sir???

  2. Beth Kelley on Facebook July 3 2012 @ 1:34pm

    “Dude” should be Richard Louv, I believe. :P

  3. Die Less on Facebook July 3 2012 @ 8:31pm

    You win the “spot the Louv” prize of the day. Yesterday’s prize was a trip to the Louvre. Today, you just get special congratulations and you share a comment thread with Paracelse.

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