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Guest Post: Say Goodbye to Nature Deficit Disorder With These Ideas for Outdoor Family Fun

Please note: This article was submitted prior to the CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19. Please observe all safety measures as they are currently outlined, including social distancing. 

Have you heard the term “nature-deficit disorder” and wondered what all the fuss is about? Don’t worry – this isn’t a disorder that can be diagnosed medically, but it is something we should all be aware of. That’s because our health and well-being suffer when we don’t get enough exposure to the outdoors. Unfortunately, being stuck inside is all too common, as parents spend their days working and kids are cooped up at school. If this sounds familiar, check out these ideas for making the most of your free time by spending it outside together as a family.

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The busyness of raising children is all too real for parents, and let’s face it, kids seem to stay busier these days too. The upside is that we could all spend the free time we have getting outdoors more often. Try these ideas to shake up your routine and make family time in nature more frequent and more fun for everyone.

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