Category Archives: scott sampson

Monday thought of the week: cheer them on instead

A thought: Fearing that we must protect nature and our kids at all cost, we often do far more harm than good. Nature connection depends on firsthand, multisensory encounters. It’s a messy, dirty business—picking leaves and flowers, turning over rocks, … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: wherever you happen to be

A thought: A growing mountain of evidence suggests that the best place to fall in love with nature is wherever you happen to be. – Scott Sampson, How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Raise a Wild Child, by Scott Sampson (and giveaway)

Last year I had the fortune of reading a draft of a forthcoming book about connecting children to nature. Geared toward mentors – be they parents, teachers, or other adults in a child’s life – this book captured for me … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: loosen up

A thought: Loosen up and find some hands-on nature experiences for the kids. Don’t worry so much about the dirt and scrapes. Clothes and bodies can be washed; cuts heal. Nature connection is a contact sport, and nature can take … Continue reading

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[Belated] Wednesday thought of the week: one of the greatest and most essential gifts

A thought: People tend to think of time in nature as a terrific recreational option for kids, but well below homework, team sports, and music lessons on the priority list. Yet a meaningful connection with nearby nature is one of … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: real nature connection

A thought: Programs that take underserved kids up to a national park so that they can spend a night or two camping are great, but that’s not where real nature connection is going to occur. It’s going to happen locally, … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Scott Sampson offers insightful strategies to “plug in” to the natural world

In April, my friend Scott Sampson talked about children and nature for the annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series at from the University of Washington Department of Psychology and the University of Washington Alumni Association.

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Monday thought of the week: be present

A thought: One of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is also one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves—being present. Try this. Take your child outside in the backyard or to the nearest park. Sit down … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: nature stories

A thought: Read nature stories to children. We all love stories, and one of the greatest predictors of children’s reading abilities is whether or not their parents read to them daily. Fill their imaginations with fairy tales, dazzling landscapes and … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: helping children fall in love with nature

A thought: If we are to navigate a sustainable path out of our current predicament, we have to be honest with ourselves and learn the facts, difficult though they may be. And we are going to need all the technological … Continue reading

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