So, take your children to the woods. Or whatever form of nature you have access to. At the risk of sounding preachy: I implore you. Take them. Regularly. Let them know the paths of a trail more than they know the brands in a store. Let them know the names of wildlife they have seen with their own eyes. Let them see a creek go from full to dry, from liquid to frozen. I was a kid who got all of that, and looking back it was perhaps the biggest gift I got as a child, as it shaped my ability to always reset when the daily mundane parts of modern life get stressful.
– Emily McKinley, “Be a Child of the Woods,” Enough (March 10, 2015)