In the era of screens and devices, the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors, and children are no exception. Not only does this phenomenon have consequences for kids’ physical and mental health, it jeopardizes their ability to understand and engage with anything beyond the built environment.
Thankfully, with the right mind-set, families can find beauty, meaning, and connection in a life lived outdoors. Here, outdoors expert Steven Rinella shares the parenting wisdom he has garnered as a father whose family has lived amid the biggest cities and wildest corners of America. Throughout, he offers practical advice for getting kids radically engaged with nature in a muddy, thrilling, hands-on way, with the ultimate goal of helping them see their own place within the natural ecosystem. No matter their location—rural, suburban, or urban—caregivers and kids will bond over activities such as:
- Camping to conquer fears, build tolerance for dirt and discomfort, and savor the timeless pleasure of swapping stories around a campfire.
-Growing a vegetable garden to develop a capacity to nurture and an appreciation for hard work.
-Fishing local lakes and rivers to learn the value of patience while grappling with the possibility of failure.
-Hunting for sustainably managed wild game to face the realities of life, death, and what it really takes to obtain our food.
Living an outdoor lifestyle fosters in kids an insatiable curiosity about the world around them, confidence and self-sufficiency, and, most important, a lifelong sense of stewardship of the natural world. This book helps families connect with nature—and one another—as a joyful part of everyday life.
Reviews: “Steven Rinella’s magnificentOutdoor Kids in an Inside Worldmakes the most inspiring argument for outdoor time I’ve ever read. According to Steven, whatever your access to nature is, it’s enoughSteve says, is enough. Let him inspire and teach you and your kids the most important lesson of all: how nature helps you be more human.”—Mel Robbins, international bestselling author ofThe High 5 Habit
“I am so sincerely grateful to Mr. Rinella. For many years, I have been laboring to answer the question of how to get all of our kids off the couch and back outside into nature. Now I can just hand their parents this book—an imperative call to action that contains the secrets to living better through getting outside, and having fun while doing it.”—Nick Offerman,New York Timesbestselling author ofPaddle Your Own Canoe
“A revelation for families struggling to get kids to GO OUTSIDE, or to just stop using the darn smartphone. Steve Rinella uncovers the root cause of the screen-time battle and provides the perfect solution for it. Packed with funny anecdotes, nuggets of wisdom, and actionable advice,Outdoor Kidswill have everyone excited to leave the house faster than a roly-poly hides under a rock.”—Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD,New York Timesbestselling author ofHunt, Gather, Parent
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