Nature Deficit Disorder
An article in the current issue of Orion Magazine might be of interest to many gardening parents. It examines the idea of "nature deficit disorder," the effect on our children - and ourselves - of too little contact with nature. Could it be possible that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) really is nature deficit disorder?
"In a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, the laboratory found that children as young as five showed a significant reduction in ADHD symptoms when they engaged with nature."
It won't surprise any of us to hear that "researchers have found that engagement with nature buffers against life stresses," but this may be particularly important for our children.
It's not a very long article; read it and see what you think.
Here is a link that might be useful: Orion Online article: Nature Deficit