Co-incidentally I was reading an article on Wednesday evening about the benefits of being outdoors.
The natural environment has a powerful effect on us to become less
stressed....Children become less hyperactive, can concentrate better and play
more independently with greater balance. They develop a lifelong ability to
connect with nature but only if they are allowed to play freely in streams and
woods before the age of 12.
This all sounds good and I have resolved, in a kind of loose New Year's Resolution, to get outdoors with them more, or at least send them out in the garden while I watch, coffee in hand, from the window!