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Nature Kids

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green Mom:

Spending time outdoors is a wonderful reminiscence for many of us. I have so many fond memories of nature kids 1learning and playing with my parents and friends in nature. Today, I swear my kids would live outside if I would let them. We’re talking rain, shine, the dead of winter or a painfully hot summer — they just love spending time in nature; and getting them back inside usually ends with a lots of “why” and lots of teeth grinding.

I guess I really should not be to surprised they are such nature loving kids because both my husband and I love being outside. Ever since they were born, they have come along on hikes in the mountains or nature reserves, and have done most of their playing in parks and our garden. Most weekends we go hiking, and in wintertime we spend hours playing in the snow. I’m a firm believer that kids need fresh air, time in sun (with sunblock of course) and daily physical activity for their well-being.

natrue kids 2There are so many studies that show how nature has therapeutic effects on children. A study done at the University of Illinois’ Landscape and Human Health Laboratory found that time outdoors reduces symptoms in children with ADHD, and found a link between exposure to nature and increased self-discipline in girls.

For me, it’s so great to see how all three of my children connect to nature and how almost anything — ants, worms, mushrooms, flowers, funny looking trees, puddles and ice — can catch their attention forever. I have a library of stones, twigs, leaves and other things from nature that were just so special and had to be saved.

I now have learned that for me to personally survive hours of being outside in sometimes not the best weather, I have to dress warmly; and that I must bring a snack, a drink and a camera, too, of course. My job is to document my kids’ experiences and discoveries.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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