Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder is the book. If you know anyone with depressed, ADD, ADHD, hyperactive, mean, dis-spirited or bullied/bullying children--get the book for them. His premise is that children have devloped so many problems since we have gotten too busy, too distant, too scared, too "covenanted" by neighborhood assciations [yet another reason to avoid subdivisions) to let our kids enjoy free play outside and, especially freedom in nature. He laments, with real facts and real examples, the changes that have come on the most recent generations. No more are children ALLOWED to build forts and treehouse. No longer do parents feel "safe" letting kids just "play" in the woods. He maintains that our children are being, at the least, warped--if not destroyed, by this disconnection from nature. He is extremely convincing. Buy it. Read it. Appy it. While Charlotte Mason would be crying into her lace-edged hankie over the outcomes of ignoring nature, she heartily endorsed time outdoors. There. Charlotte approves! Need another reason?? I didn't think so!
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv