Starting the conversation about getting our kids and us back outside!

For parents, nature can be a powerful ally, an often needed sense of perspective and an old friend (sometimes, sadly, a long forgotten one).

If your childhood was anything like mine, it was filled with opportunities for adventure, freedom and LOTS of mud pies! Ah, the good old days!

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We climbed trees; we rode our bikes to our friends house; we knew our neighbours … and they looked out for us. I was fortunate to have a childhood that I look back on with so many happy memories, and being outside immersed in nature were among the best of those memories. Now I’m a Mum I want that for my own kids too – they deserve it.

As well as making these chershed memories and helping my kids to know, love and care for the natural world, I also want to nurture strong bonds with them and help them develop strong foundations for learning and life. And I ALSO want to better understand my kids and their developmental needs. That’s not all too much to ask is it? Of course not, but sometimes I feel like the ‘busyness’ of life gets in the way.

In my time-poor, highly-scheduled and often sleep-deprived life as a busy parent, it can sometimes be challenging to find opportunities for spending quality time with my children. I know I’m not the only one that feels that way, because almost every parent I know says the same thing.

Time is flying by, and in all this ‘busyness’ we risk becoming increasingly disconnected from our kids. Add to that the fact that far too many of us choose to spend the majority of our lives behind closed doors, and we are becoming increasingly disconnected from nature too.

The unwelcome consequences of both of these broken bonds are becoming more obvious and more of a concern for so many families, and reconnecting with each other and with nature is vital to the health and wellbeing of our kids, our families, ourselves and our world.

Last year I more consciously began looking for opportunities to reconnect with my kids, to spend more of that precious quality time with them, and to make sure that we all got our healthy, regular dose of Vitamin N (that’s N for Nature of course!).

I simply started by asking questions, and they were obviously the right ones of the right people, because what I was learning has had such a positive impact on my own family that I just knew I had to share it with others. Thus Nurture in Nature and my ‘little’ interview series was born. Of course, it’s not so ‘little’ anymore, and it’s growing as rapidly as my kids!

I have found myself learning about touch points and nurturing a child’s emotional intelligence; about how kids need more free play and more free range to help them become confident, capable and resilient; and how connecting kids with nature helps ensure there are environmental stewards for the future. Mix that in with a little child psychology, lots of practical how-to’s, a whole lot of heart and a nature-prescribing doctors’ orders … and everything has been blended together so perfectly in the great outdoors.

In Series 1 of the interviews you’ll hear from 30 of the world’s leading advocates and practitioners who help connect children and families with and in nature, along with researchers, educators, emotional intelligence specialists, environmental champions, relationship experts, parenting experts, and health practitioners.

You can see who’s part of Series 1 and an outline of each of their interviews by visiting https://nurtureinnature.com.au/interviews

Series 2 is well under way, with lots of great people too. I have been incredibly fortunate to connect with some amazing people and I must admit I had to pinch myself when I was sitting opposite Richard Louv interviewing him during my recent trip to the US.

The series isn’t just for parents. As parents, educators, grandparents, aunts, uncles, health practitioners and others who care for kids, we want the best for the precious children in our care. We want to give them opportunities to develop strong foundations for learning and life, and nurture great relationships with them. We also have the opportunity and responsibility to help them to know, love and care for the natural world.

What you will learn in these interviews can help you do all of these things … and so much more.

Nature has fit perfectly and naturally into the “busyness” of our family life and I’ve killed two birds with one stone (although as a nature lover, I think I need to find a new analogy) – my family is reconnecting with nature AND with each other, and it’s only getting better. It can help you and your family do the same.

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As a parent, and in my Nurture in Nature adventures thus far, I owe a huge thank you to all of the incredible people playing in this space. My children thank them, and Mother Nature thanks them too. If you’re one of those inspiring people helping kids get thier hands dirty, then I send a heartfelt thank you to you too!

You and they have inspired us to reconnect and that is the greatest gift I could ever receive and see in my children’s eyes.

Raising our kids is our most precious and important role … life’s far too short to waste another minute being swept away by the ‘busyness’ of life.

I’ve put together a special FREE 3-Part Interview Series with three pretty amazing people from the full series. I encourage you to take a look at this amazing interview series now and start making some cherished memories with your family today!

You can access the free series here … www.nurtureinnature.com.au/free3 and you can find out more about the full series at www.nurtureinnature.com.au/interivews

Connect with me and let’s keep the conversation going!

Email: tania@nurtureinnature.com.au
Website: www.nurtureinnature.com.au
Twitter: @naturechildhood and @MoloneyTania
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NurtureInNatureAustralia

What is your greatest takeaway from these interviews?

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