How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 24, 2015 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
“This timely, significant work carries a far-reaching message for families and the planet.”—Publishers Weekly 

“In a time when the connection between humans and the rest of nature is most vulnerable, Scott offers parents and teachers a book of encouragement and knowledge, and to children, the priceless gift of wonder.”—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

 
The average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in natural settings seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development. How to Raise a Wild Child is a timely and engaging antidote, offering teachers, parents, and other caregivers the necessary tools to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world.
 
“With wisdom, intellect, and empathy, [Sampson] provides us with a bounty of simple yet profound ways we can enter this natural world, oftentimes starting in our very own backyards.”—Lili Taylor, actor, mom, and board member of the American Birding Association
 
“[Sampson] makes a cogent case for the importance of cultivating a ‘nature connection’ in children and offers thoughtful guidance on how to do so amid today's pressures of hectic, high-tech, increasingly urbanized life.”—Scientific American MIND
 

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Dr. Scott of Dinosaur Train fame wrote this book about how parents and other concerned adults can inspire children to "Get up, get outside, and get into nature." This grew from the concern over the ... Read full review

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I love parts of this book. As a child development grad, nature educator, and mom to six, I agree wholeheartedly that free play is where connection happens. Experiences and environment shape us. I also ... Read full review

Contents

NATURE LOST AND FOUND
19
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
69
LIFE STAGES
147
OBSTACLES AND SOLUTIONS
229
Back Matter
285
Back Flap
329
Back Cover
330
Spine
331
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SCOTT SAMPSON is a dinosaur paleontologist and science communicator. He serves as vice president of research and collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and, as “Dr. Scott the Paleontologist,” hosts the PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train.

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