How to limit screen time on your iPhone (and your kids phone)

We’re all spending too much time on our phones, so the argument goes, and Apple finally did its part to do something about it. In this case it’s “Screen Time,” a new feature on iOS 12 that tells you how long you’ve been using certain apps on your iPhone or iPad at its simplest, and which lets parents place numerous limits on app usage for kids at its most complex. (Or, if you feel like you’ve been spending too much time on, say, Twitter, you can place those limits on yourself.)

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An Outdoor Holiday Season

As the winter holidays approach, we might be finding ourselves spending more and more time indoors with the drop in temperatures outside. During this time of year, though, there are so many fun and exciting ways to spend time in nature! Here are some of our favorite ways to spend some quality time in the elements with the people we love.

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Oskar Elmgart
Thanksgiving Nature Crafts

We love to encourage our Explorers to explore their creativity, and we can practice crafts with resources all around us. This fall, make use of natural materials for fun arts and crafts! Here are some our favorite nature-inspired art projects for the autumn season

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Vitamin N (N for Nature) and Children - recommended book

We love that Vitamin N (for “nature”) provides readers with simple and accessible ways that adults and children can reconnect with nature.  Vitamin N is a comprehensive and practical handbook that readers of Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle have been looking for.   This is the perfect children’s book for parents who value spending time outdoors and recognize that that spending time in nature is imperative to health of our children.  We agree with Publishers Weekly, who describes the book as: 

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A Child’s Perspective on Nature

As grown-ups we have our own ways of connecting with nature. Typically, our relationship with nature stems from the experiences we have as children and is shaped by the different directions are lives take us. Adults tend to be set in their ways, and have developed perspectives on everything from political views, to family and to the environment around us. While it is hard for most of us to change these preconceived patterns, most adults strive to keep an open mind.

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What can we do as parents to reduce screen time?

There are countless factors such as the home environment, social economic status and school which can negatively impact a child’s development. But one unavoidable fact is that too much screen time is preventing our kids from doing sports, reading, playing outdoors, and being with siblings.

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Seven Great Benefits By Being Outside For Children

I think we can all agree our children are spending more and more time indoors, iPads and TVs being major culprits. This has led to a number of studies being published looking at the negative impact this is having on the health and development of children. Research has also shown there are numerous benefits to children playing outside, here are seven of them:

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Why You Should Try And Take Your Work Outdoors

Staying trapped indoors has created what health experts call a "nature deficit disorder" -- depression or anxiety resulting from too little time spent outside. Getting outdoors can do great things for your health. Reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and improving immune function are among nature’s health benefits. What's more, incorporating elements of nature into your workday can also give your brain a boost, resulting in increased productivity, focus and creativity.

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Children Should Spend Several Hours A Day Outdoors

A survey conducted by United Minds showing 7 out of 10 parents want their kids to spend more time outside.

The survey asked a little more than 1000 parents about their attitudes to children spending time outdoors. 69% of the responding parents want their kids to spend more time outdoors, and 75% said that they themselves want to spend more time outside.

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​​​​​​​Friluftsliv: Tips From the Swedish Parents’ Playbook

Friluftsliv: Tips From the Swedish Parents’ Playbook

Living in the US for the last 10 years, I sometimes find it hard to adjust. My way of life growing up in Sweden was instilled with friluftsliv, the Swedish term for living close to nature.  Read more and learn how you can instill some friluftsliv in your family and community.

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