As parents, we always try to offer our children the best. We enroll them in extracurriculars, keep their playrooms stocked with toys, and indulge many of their desires. But while these acts may feel like extensions of love, they can sometimes fail to address the real issue at hand: a desire for connection.
So what to do when our children are acting bored? Nagging for toys or new things? Acting out with poor behavior? Even if we understand that what they are actually seeking is quality time with us, it can be difficult to know where to start.
In my experience, the answer is most easily found in nature.
Nature is rich with inspiration and magical phenomena that no toy can compete with, and best of all, it's readily available to each of us. Plus, there's just something special that happens when we slow down and enjoy our surroundings — together.
My new book, A Beauty Collected, aims to spark this wonder and encourage people of all ages to use nature as a catalyst for togetherness and creativity. Here are nine simple earth-centered activities sure to boost the bond you share with your children: