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.