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The Pillars of a Healthy Family Home


Protect the Right to Play

More children than ever are involved in scheduled, structured activities.  Children benefit greatly from unstructured play as well.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, free play helps children grow and develop toward important intellectual, emotional, and social milestones along their developmental journey towards becoming a healthy teen and adult.

 

Introduce Children to Nature

A growing body of research is pointing to the fact that time spent in contact with nature is good for everyone, but that it is particularly important to the healthy development of children.  Nature engages all of the senses, helps children to develop curiosity and creativity, reduces stress and fosters a sense of wonder and a desire to explore and learn.  Children who spend time in nature are also more likely to develop a lifelong sense of connection to and concern for the environment.