Kick Starting Love for Nature
One thing you must have noticed already (often with annoyance) that your child has a lot of curiosity about almost everything around. There is no end to questions like: “Why is Mr. Smith across the street always sick?’, “What happens to the cat that doesn’t catch a mouse?” or “When again can we see sunshine and rain together?”. Sometimes you lose patience answering these questions and prefer to shut the kid down. Such attempts may relieve you for some time but may have negative impact on the child’s psyche. Children are curious because they have imaginations that have to be satisfied and that is why kick starting your child’s love for nature, occasionally, is actually a good idea.
Did you ever make an assessment of how much knowledge your kid has about the natural surroundings? Does s/he know what the bees do sitting on flowers? Is the oak tree familiar to your child? These are important questions and there are numerous objects of nature that are related to your child’s education and mental health. Today’s children are addicted to electronic devices and are hooked up to a screen or a gadget, on an average, 7- 8 hours a day; the sad thing is that we, the parents, are facilitating this trend. They are living in a cyber-world being detached from the real world.
When you allow your child to be glued with screens, you actually block the imagination's flow in the wrong direction. Children should be more curious about plants, birds, animals, grasshoppers, rivers streams etc. So, let the imagination flow in a natural setting where the child will have empirical knowledge of the world around us. That paves the path for self-education in nature and its objects; a child who is able to satisfy his curiosity about nature, finds a platform far superior than gadget-filled stimulations. The importance of outdoor experience in a child’s physical and mental development can never be over emphasized.
On a bright summer day, take your child to a park or in a fishing trip; the things s/he will learn on such a trip have tremendous value. S/he will be far ahead of the tech savvy kids who have no idea of the real world beyond their electronic gadgets. Besides, a child that grows up with intimate connection to nature, secures a sound mental health; nature has its own way of enriching the minds of people. So, kick start your child’s love of nature by opening the doors of nature; let the child feel the excitement of discovering little things around the house and its surroundings rather than being a “screen-slave”.
When you let your child grow deeply connected with nature, s/he will possess superior understanding of the world and do well in school. Objects of nature are very much facilitating in mental growth of children. Thus, flourishing curiosity in natural objects rather than in electronic gadgets makes more sense because that lets the child grow with proper education and sound mental health.