Being with nature is sparse in today’s early childhood scenario as children are bombarded with electronic media such as television, video games, mobile phones and tablets. People have come to believe that early exposure to computers would make their child intelligent. However, this is the exact opposite of the reality and many researches have proved the fact that early exposure to any type of electronic media has a large adverse effect on the brain cells and healthy brain development. Such mediums of entertainment breed passivity, obesity, frustration, aggressiveness and depression at later stages of life.
On the contrary, a childhood spent outdoors in places such as parks, lakes, forests or mountains would have a profound impact on one’s well being. Nature develops in us our innate capabilities, making us explorers and discoverers. It engages our mind, kindles our creativity and provides a serene landscape within us. Nature ensures that we are physically active, making us jump, cruise, skip and hop. Nature builds in us resilience, teaches us responsibility, makes us aware of the environment and the uniqueness of living beings and instills in us a sense of fairness and oneness with the world around us.
“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as
one of the most important events in their lives.” Thomas Berry