A Parent’s Guide to Banishing Nature-Deficit Disorder

author: Jenny Miller

The term “nature-deficit disorder” was coined in 2005 by author Richard Louv. Since then, parents and pediatricians alike have begun to recognize the dangers of living in the digital age. These include emotional instability and health problems in today’s children. Thankfully, however, there is a simple solution to helping your child take a step back from all that technology and avoid the downside of too much time indoors.


Play at Home


Your backyard is your most valuable tool in the fight against nature deficit disorder. Here are some resources and activities that you can do together as a family.


9 Great Outdoor Learning Activities for Springtime

How to Play Kickball

30 Unorganized Sports You Should Teach Your Kid This Summer

Increase Kid Activity Levels with a Backyard Playscape


Group Gatherings


There are many organizations and groups across the country committed to spending more time in nature. Here are ways to find them.


MeetUp: Family Hiking Groups

Starting a Community Garden

9 Things to Consider Before Joining a Youth Tournament Baseball Team

Should Your Daughter Join Girl Scouts?


Outdoor Destinations


Sometimes, it pays to getaway. Here are some links to plan your next family trip with the outdoors in mind, whether you are heading to the beach or want something less conventional.


TripAdvisor: Beach Getaways in the Northeast

8 Astonishing Family Mountain Vacations

Farm Stay Vacation Spots for Families Around the Country

Top Lake Resort Vacations for Families in the US and Canada


When it comes to spending time outdoors, there is no wrong way to do it. What’s important is that you and the kids unplug, at least occasionally. The resources listed above can help you do just that. So, grab the kids, get out there, and enjoy the big wide world.