I’m currently going through the book “52 Small Changes” by Brett Blumenthal. It’s a book focused on helping people make one small change per week, and at the end of the year, the person will (hopefully) be happier and healthier.
Week 37 really struck a chord with me as it is about getting back to nature, and how spending time in natural settings encourages ones purpose, connectivity and sense of belonging outside of themselves. How it also can bring about creativeness, focus, a positive outlook and a higher awareness in the sensory zones. AND it is even more prevalent for children.
Environments in nature seem to enhance children’s right brain functions, and outside play promotes left side stimulation (things like logic and self-control). Blumenthal shares that research shows that when kids are exposed to “green spaces”, improvements in patience and focus are seen. That is a big deal to those children who have autism, ADHD and ADD.
So weigh in. Do you see changes in your children when they are in natural environments? Are they more likely to engage in new experiences if it’s in a “green space” so to speak? Or are your challenges the same no matter what kind of environment they’re in?