Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, coined the term, nature-deficit disorder in this book. He describes how children today are in great danger of losing touch with nature.
The author directly links a lack of nature in the lives of today's "wired generation" to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
Last Child in the Woods discusses a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.
Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard.
And here is a great book from my friend, colleague and writers group member, Jennifer Ward. It is, It's a Jungle Out There, published by Shambhala Publications. This new book is a wonderful example of what can be done to keep kids engaged in the wild side of nature, even in the confines of the city!