Last Child in the Woods

These are the things childhood memories are made of.

Author: Richard Louv

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848877498

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 300

View: 958

This huge international bestseller, fully revised for non-American readers, is now in ebook. Last Child in the Woods shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distant from nature, why this matters, and what we can do to make a difference. It is unsentimental, rigorous and utterly original. 'A cri de coeur for our children' Guardian Camping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves... These are the things childhood memories are made of. But for a whole generation of today's children the pleasures of a free-range childhood are missing, and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression. This timely book shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distanced from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference. Last Child in the Woods is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives.

American Idle

( Circle of movement in kids ) Richard Louv , Last Child in the Woods : Saving
Our Children from Nature - Deficit Disorder , Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill ,
2005 , p . 123 . He cited a study done by Sanford Gaster , “ Urban Children ' s
Access to ...

Author: Mary Collins

Publisher: Capital Books

ISBN: 9781933102887

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 195

View: 483

**First Place Grand Prize Winner for Non-Fiction books at the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!! Congratulations Mary!!**

Greening the Children of God

In his book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv considers the western cultural
trend in which a growing percentage of a child's family life, recreation and
education occur in isolation from the natural world. This trend gives rise to a
childhood ...

Author: Chad Michael Rimmer

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532653301

Category: Religion

Page: 276

View: 733

Greening the Children of God uncovers the theological roots of the growing ethical imperative to reconnect children to their natural environment. Theologians emphasize the sacramental nature of embedding our lives in creation. Environmental educators emphasize knowledge of local biology. Psychologists emphasize the morally pro-formative experience of care between biodiverse creatures. Together they affirm that knowing their place in the natural environment helps a child develop an intersubjective “ecological” identity that nurtures virtues of mutuality and care. During the Scientific Revolution this ethical harmony was threatened as science and moral theology began to adopt different epistemological methods. Seventeenth-century Anglican priest and poet Thomas Traherne was prescient of the consequences of this divorce and insisted that education should promote a child’s attention to the moral dimensions woven into “the tapestry of creation.” Traherne professed that play, wonder, and a sensory relationship to diverse creatures play a pedagogical role in a child’s moral formation. Greening the Children of God establishes the contemporary significance of Traherne’s moral theory in conversation with child psychologists, educators, philosophers, and theologians who know that cultivating a place-based relationship to the local ecology helps children perceive creation’s deep mutuality and develop a moral identity in the image of a caring Creator.

Huck Finn s America

... discusses several studies measuring the level of exposure of children to
images of violence (54–55). students connected with nature: See Louv, Last
Child in the Woods. one-ninth its previous size: Louv, Last Child in the Woods,
writes that, ...

Author: Andrew Levy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439186987

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 531

A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain’s writing of America’s favorite icon of childhood, Huckleberry Finn: “A boldly revisionist reading of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn…Twain’s masterpiece emerges as a compelling depiction of nineteenth-century troubles still all too familiar in the twenty-first century” (Booklist, starred review). In the “groundbreaking” (Dallas Morning News) Huck Finn’s America, award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have misunderstood Huckleberry Finn for decades. Mark Twain’s masterpiece is often discussed either as a carefree adventure story for children or a serious novel about race relations, yet Levy argues, it is neither. Instead, Huck Finn was written at a time when Americans were nervous about “uncivilized” bad boys, and a debate was raging about education, popular culture, and responsible parenting—casting Huck’s now-celebrated “freedom” in a very different and very modern light. On issues of race, on the other hand, Twain’s lifelong fascination with minstrel shows and black culture inspired him to write a book not about civil rights, but about race’s role in entertainment and commerce, the same features on which much of our own modern consumer culture is also grounded. In Levy’s vision, Huck Finn has more to say about contemporary children and race that we have ever imagined—if we are willing to hear it. An eye-opening, groundbreaking exploration of the character and psyche of Mark Twain as he was writing his most famous novel, Levy’s book “explores the soul of Mark Twain's enduring achievement with the utmost self-awareness...An eloquent argument, wrapped up in rich biographical detail and historical fact.” (USA TODAY). Huck Finn’s America brings the past to vivid, surprising life, and offers a persuasive argument for why this American classic deserves to be understood anew.

Textbook of Children s Environmental Health

late 1970s, educational policy makers began pressing for higher academic
standards, and children began spending more ... In his 2005 book, Last Child in
the Woods, the journalist Richard Louv brought some of the research to the
attention of ...

Author: Philip J. Landrigan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199336660

Category: Medical

Page: 608

View: 433

Over the past four decades, the prevalence of autism, asthma, ADHD, obesity, diabetes, and birth defects have grown substantially among children around the world. Not coincidentally, more than 80,000 new chemicals have been developed and released into the global environment during this same period. Today the World Health Organization attributes 36% of all childhood deaths to environmental causes. Children's environmental health is a new and expanding discipline that studies the profound impact of chemical and environmental hazards on child health. Amid mounting evidence that children are exquisitely sensitive to their environment-and that exposure during their developmental "windows of susceptibility" can trigger cellular changes that lead to disease and disability in infancy, childhood, and across the life span-there is a compelling need for continued scientific study of the relationship between children's health and environment. The Textbook of Children's Environmental Health codifies the knowledge base and offers an authoritative and comprehensive guide to this important new field. Edited by two internationally recognized pioneers in the area, this volume presents up-to-date information on the chemical, biological, physical, and societal hazards that confront children in today's world: pesticides, indoor and outdoor air pollution, lead, arsenic, phthalates, bisphenol A, brominated flame retardants, ionizing radiation, electromagnetic fields, and the built environment. It presents carefully documented data on rising rates of disease in children, offers a critical summary of new research linking pediatric disease with environmental exposures, and explores the cellular, molecular, and epigenetic mechanisms underlying diseases of environmental origin. With this volume's emphasis upon integrating theory and practice, readers will find practical approaches to channeling scientific findings into evidence-based strategies for preventing and identifying the environmental hazards that cause disease in children. It is a landmark work that will serve as the field's benchmark for years to come.

Inherited Land

... but instead are “directed at the enabling conditions of lived experience” in
nature.29 Reflecting on the contemporary lack of engagement with nature among
young people, Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods (2005) discussed the loss
of ...

Author: Whitney A. Bauman

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876240

Category: Religion

Page: 278

View: 564

"Religion and ecology" has arrived. What was once a niche interest for a few academics concerned with environmental issues and a few environmentalists interested in religion has become an established academic field with classic texts, graduate programs, regular meetings at academic conferences, and growing interest from other academics and the mass media. Theologians, ethicists, sociologists, and other scholars are engaged in a broad dialogue about the ways religious studies can help understand and address environmental problems, including the sorts of methodological, terminological, and substantive debates that characterize any academic discourse. This book recognizes the field that has taken shape, reflects on the ways it is changing, and anticipates its development in the future. The essays offer analyses and reflections from emerging scholars of religion and ecology, each addressing her or his own specialty in light of two questions: (1) What have we inherited from the work that has come before us? and (2) What inquiries, concerns, and conversation partners should be central to the next generation of scholarship? The aim of this volume is not to lay out a single and clear path forward for the field. Rather, the authors critically reflect on the field from within, outline some of the major issues we face in the academy, and offer perspectives that will nurture continued dialogue.

Change 1 Thing

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Author: Teresa Fuller M.D. Ph.D

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477117393

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 108

View: 907

Is it really impossible to lose weight and keep it off? The statistics are discouraging: up to 95% of dieters gain their weight back. But it doesnt have to be that way. Studies show that gradual adoption of specific habits is effective for maintaining weight loss. And even better, a healthier lifestyle gets easier over time. Change 1 Thing! A Doctors 12 Step Guide to Permanent Weight Loss, Disease Prevention and A Lifetime of Incredible Health, is written for people who are frustrated with their failed attempts at permanent weight loss and with their chronic health problems. Dr. Teresa Fuller developed this step-by-step approach in response to countless patients who have asked her how to lose weight and improve their health. This book takes you on a journey of adopting 12 habits will get you the results you want. Since it takes 21 days to establish a new habit, you simply take one month to firmly establish one habit before tackling the next. In one year, you will have completely transformed your lifestyle. As you implement the strategies in this book: You will lose weight You will drastically reduce your risk of the most common chronic diseases today You will gain energy, vitality and mental clarity You will improve the aches and pains that are plaguing you daily You will instill healthy habits in your children

State of the World 2010

Journalist Richard Louv, in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, points to the
psychological and physical benefits of greater interaction with nature. Children in
particular can benefit from opportunities for unstructured play in semi-natural ...

Author: The Worldwatch Institute

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610916298

Category: Nature

Page: 266

View: 367

Like a tsunami, consumerism has engulfed human cultures and Earth’s ecosystems. Left unaddressed, we risk global disaster. But if we channel this wave, intentionally transforming our cultures to center on sustainability, we will not only prevent catastrophe, but may usher in an era of sustainability—one that allows all people to thrive while protecting, even restoring, Earth. In State of the World 2010, sixty renowned researchers and practitioners describe how we can harness the world’s leading institutions—education, the media, business, governments, traditions, and social movements—to reorient cultures toward sustainability.

Our life is love and peace and tenderness

In fact, on some measurements, the overall health of children and youth is
worsening and the gap between the poorest and ... Richard Louv, in his book
Last Child in the Woods, suggests that children who are disconnected from
nature are ...

Author: Tracy Bourne

Publisher: Interactive Publications

ISBN: 0992385709

Category: Religion

Page: 60

View: 484

The Quakers’ Advices and Queries says to rejoice in the presence of children and recognise their gifts. But how do you share your deepest beliefs with children, while leaving them free to develop as the spirit of God may lead them? This lecture advocates methods such as time in natural outdoor settings and nurturing young leadership and social activism by our kids. Inspired by famous Quaker leaders who were only children themselves, such as founder George Fox and the children of Reading Meeting, Tracy Bourne addresses these issues and concerns with excitement for the future of the youngest Quakers. This lecture examines the Quaker tradition of spiritual activism to argue that we need children and young people to energise us and help us prepare for difficult times ahead.

Kidding Around

(2010), Joe L. Frost claims that “a twenty-first century child saving movement”
modeled after the early twentieth century “is ... 2 See Richard Louv, Last Child in
the Woods (Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 2005)
and ...

Author: Alexander N. Howe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623561205

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 713

Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media is a collection of essays generated by a conference of the same title held at the University of the District of Columbia. The works gathered examine a variety of children's media, including texts produced for children (e.g., children's books, cartoons, animated films) as well as texts about children(e.g., feature-length films, literature, playground architecture, parenting guides). The primary goal of Kidding Around is to analyze and contextualize contested representations of childhood and children in various twentieth- and twenty-first-century media while accounting for the politics of these narratives. Each of the essays gathered offers a critical history of the very notion of childhood, at the same time as it analyzes exemplary children's texts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These chapters depart from various methodological approaches (including psychoanalytic, sociological, ecological, and historical perspectives), offering the reader numerous productive approaches for analyzing the moments of cultural conflict and impasse found within the primary works studied. Despite the fact that today children are one of the most coveted demographics in marketing and viewership, academic work on children's media, and children in media, is just beginning. Kidding Around assembles experts from this inchoate field, opening discussion to traditional and non-traditional children's texts.

The Rediscovery of the Wild

... B., 86 Gullone, E. (1999). Common fears: A comparison of adolescents' self—
generated and fear schedule survey generated fears. journal of Genetic Psy—
chology, 160, 51—58. Louv, R. (2006). Last child in the woods: Saving our
children ...

Author: Peter H. Kahn, Jr.

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262312832

Category: Nature

Page: 280

View: 825

A compelling case for connecting with the wild, for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species We often enjoy the benefits of connecting with nearby, domesticated nature—a city park, a backyard garden. But this book makes the provocative case for the necessity of connecting with wild nature—untamed, unmanaged, not encompassed, self-organizing, and unencumbered and unmediated by technological artifice. We can love the wild. We can fear it. We are strengthened and nurtured by it. As a species, we came of age in a natural world far wilder than today's, and much of the need for wildness still exists within us, body and mind. The Rediscovery of the Wild considers ways to engage with the wild, protect it, and recover it—for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species. The contributors offer a range of perspectives on the wild, discussing such topics as the evolutionary underpinnings of our need for the wild; the wild within, including the primal passions of sexuality and aggression; birding as a portal to wildness; children's fascination with wild animals; wildness and psychological healing; the shifting baseline of what we consider wild; and the true work of conservation.

Conservation Psychology

Robert Louv's (2005) book, The last child in the woods, emphasized what
children lose when they have insufficient exposure to their local natural
environments. From the standpoint of EE, Louv's work misses the connection to
citizenship and ...

Author: Susan Clayton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444356410

Category: Science

Page: 264

View: 832

This textbook introduces the reader to the new and emerging field of Conservation Psychology, which explores connections between the study of human behavior and the achievement of conservation goals. People are often cast as villains in the story of environmental degradation, seen primarily as a threat to healthy ecosystems and an obstacle to conservation. But humans are inseparable from natural ecosystems. Understanding how people think about, experience, and interact with nature is crucial for promoting environmental sustainability as well as human well-being. The book first summarizes theory and research on human cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to nature and goes on to review research on people's experience of nature in wild, managed, and urban settings. Finally, it examines ways to encourage conservation-oriented behavior at both individual and societal levels. Throughout, the authors integrate a wide body of published literature to demonstrate how and why psychology is relevant to promoting a more sustainable relationship between humans and nature.

10 Mindful Minutes

In his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from NatureDeficit
Disorder, Richard Louv writes, “Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding
visualization and the full use of the senses. Given a chance, a child will bring the
 ...

Author: Goldie Hawn

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748133364

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

View: 902

'This is a remarkable book . . . Read it and use it: you may find you are doing nothing less than giving back to your children their childhood, while they still have the chance to live it' Mark Williams, Director, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and author of Mindfulness: Finding peace in a frantic world '10 Mindful Minutes can help any adult - parent, grandparent, teacher - make double use of their moments with the children they love and have a terrific time while helping shape that child's brain for a lifetime of resilience and happiness' Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence Bestselling author Goldie Hawn offers parents a practical guide for helping their children to learn better and live more happily. Based on the MindUP programme, supported by the Hawn Foundation, 10 Mindful Minutes outlines short, practical exercises for parents and children - taking less than 10 minutes - to help young children and teenagers reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and academic performance, effectively manage emotions and behaviour, develop greater empathy for others and the world, and be more optimistic and happy. Representing the culmination of years of research and programmes developed by the Hawn Foundation currently being used by schools internationally, this book will help children and parents develop mindfulness which has been proven to promote more effective learning and happier lives.

Awake in the Wild

Sadly, children growing up in the last two decades are increasingly deprived of
these simple pleasures. As Richard Louv writes in Last Child in the Woods,
children play less and less in the natural world than they used to. By the 1990s,
the ...

Author: Mark Coleman

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577317142

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 118

“Nature deficit disorder” has become an increasingly challenging problem in our hypermodern world. In Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman shows seekers how to remedy this widespread malady by reconnecting with nature through Buddhism. Each short (two to three pages) chapter includes a concrete nature meditation relating to such topics as Attuning to the Natural World, Reflecting the Rhythms of Nature, Walking with Compassion, Releasing the Inner Noise, Freeing the Animal Within, Coming into the Peace of Wild Things, Weathering the Storms of Life, and more. Incorporating anecdotes from the author’s many nature retreats, Buddhist wisdom and teachings, important nature writings by others, and nature itself, the book invites readers to participate in, not just observe, nature; develop a loving connection with the earth as a form of environmental activism; decrease urban alienation through experiencing nature; embody nature’s peaceful presence; and connect with ancient spiritual wisdom through nature meditations.

Smart and Savvy Hiking

A noted children's advocate, Louv relates nature-deficit disorder to many kids'
increasing depression, distraction, and obesity. Luckily, Last Child in the Woods
also shows us an alternate future, with families heading back outside. As mothers
 ...

Author: Kim Lipker

Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN: 0897328450

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 560

Smart & Savvy Hiking will walk readers through the basics of the outdoor world and how to have a fulfilling outdoor experience. Information will be presented in a way that offers women unique ways to experience the outdoors, through journaling, goal setting, and checklists. Women of all outdoor-ability levels will be engaged. Hiking mistress and trail master Kim Lipker starts with the assumption that, Yes!, females are indeed at home in the wilderness. This unique guide is packed with essential how-to information, wit, wisdom, and tips on everything from safety, to basic equipment, to hiking while pregnant. Whether new to the sport or a veteran, Smart & Savvy Hiking prepares females to have fun, enjoy, and be safe on a day hike through the woods, weekend blast in the desert, or extended journey on a long trail. Daring? Of course. Dangerous? No way. Divine? In every possible way.

The Sacred Balance

As Richard Louv writes in Last Child in the Woods, there is a bogeyman around
every corner, be it traffic, strangers, crime or even nature itself. Increasing
urbanization has diverted streams into culverts, paved over the swamps and
plunked ...

Author: David Suzuki

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1926685490

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 284

In this extensively revised and enlarged edition of his best-selling book, David Suzuki reflects on the increasingly radical changes in nature and science — from global warming to the science behind mother/baby interactions — and examines what they mean for humankind’s place in the world. The book begins by presenting the concept of people as creatures of the Earth who depend on its gifts of air, water, soil, and sun energy. The author explains how people are genetically programmed to crave the company of other species, and how people suffer enormously when they fail to live in harmony with them. Suzuki analyzes those deep spiritual needs, rooted in nature, that are a crucial component of a loving world. Drawing on his own experiences and those of others who have put their beliefs into action, The Sacred Balance is a powerful, passionate book with concrete suggestions for creating an ecologically sustainable, satisfying, and fair future by rediscovering and addressing humanity’s basic needs.

Wild with Child

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Childrenfrom NatureDeficit Disorder by
Richard Louv, Algonquin Books, 2005. MaryJane's Outpost: Unleashing Your
Inner Wild by MaryJane Butters, Clarkson Potter, 2008. The Outdoor Family Fun ...

Author: Jennifer Bové

Publisher: Travelers' Tales

ISBN: 1932361979

Category: Travel

Page: 240

View: 238

Wild with Child is a unique collection of true stories by parents who boldly head out into the wilderness with kids in tow (or in the lead, as the case may be). These stories run the gamut of adventure: winter camping, climbing, spelunking, field research, skiing, llama trekking, fishing, hunting, and searching for pirate treasure with children of all ages. Readers should bundle up before they strike out into the Rocky Mountains with Mark Jenkins, whose idea of quality time with the kids is camping in a snow cave. Leslie Leyland-Fields shares deep gratitude as her brood safely migrates to an Alaskan island by bush plane. Maleesha Speer confides her personal evolution as she awakens to the wonder of her unborn child in bear country. Whether just beginning the course of wild parenting or looking back at the trail they've taken, these writers aren't willing to accept Disneyland as the final frontier. Even the most civilized among them insist that their children grow up feeling grass between their toes and sun on their skin. It’s a healthy heritage, giving kids a steady set of bearings, making them strong, and helping them rise to challenges.

Hope in the Age of Anxiety

Nature-Based Activities Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful
blendings and communions of death and life, their ... In Last Child in the Woods,
author Richard Louv wrote of the ''spiritual necessity of nature for the young.

Author: Anthony Scioli

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199758573

Category: Self-Help

Page: 440

View: 635

Economic collapse, poverty, disease, natural disasters, the constant threat of community unrest and international terrorism--a quick look at any newspaper is enough to cause almost anyone to feel trapped and desperate. Yet the recent election also revealed a growing search for hope spreading through society. In the timely Hope in the Age of Anxiety, Anthony Scioli and Henry Biller illuminate the nature of hope and offer a multitude of techniques designed to improve the lives of individuals, and bring more light into the world. In this fascinating and humane book, Scioli and Biller reveal the ways in which human beings acquire and make use of hope. Hope in the Age of Anxiety is meant to be a definitive guide. The evolutionary, biological, and cultural roots of hope are covered along with the seven kinds of hope found in the world's religions. Just as vital, the book provides many personal tools for addressing the major challenges of the human condition: fear, loss, illness, and death. Some of the key areas illuminated in Hope in the Age of Anxiety: How do you build and sustain hope in trying times? How can hope help you to achieve your life goals? How can hope improve your relationships with others? How can hope aid your recovery from trauma or illness? How does hope relate to spirituality? Hope in the Age of Anxiety identifies the skills needed to cultivate hope, and offers suggestions for using these capacities to realize your life goals, support health and healing, strengthen relationships, enhance spirituality, and inoculate yourself against the despair that engulfs many individuals.

Garden Tourism

Most garden professionals see children as the best. As discussed in Chapter 2,
historically ... The Role of Gardens in Education In 2005, the book, Last Child in
the Woods (Louv, 2005), received critical acclaim. Its thesis, reflected directly in
the ...

Author: Richard Benfield

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780641958

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 257

View: 986

Garden visitation has been a tourism motivator for many years and can now be enjoyed in many different forms. Private garden visiting, historical garden tourism, urban gardens, and a myriad of festivals, shows and events all allow the green-fingered enthusiast to appreciate the natural world. This book traces the history of garden visitation and examines tourist motivations to visit gardens. Useful for garden managers and tourism students as well as casual readers, it also examines management and marketing of gardens for tourism purposes, before concluding with a detailed look at the form and tourism-based role of gardens in the future.

The Lab Rat Chronicles

In his book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv expresses similar concerns
with the changing play patterns in contemporary children. In the 1980s, Louv
interviewed families for a book he was working on and, for that project, he was ...

Author: Kelly Lambert

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101515848

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

View: 626

Discover What Rodents Know About the Good Life What can the common laboratory rat tell us about being human? According to behavioral neuroscientist Kelly Lambert, a whole lot. Her twenty- five-year career conducting experiments that involve rats has led her to a surprising conclusion: Through their adaptive strategies and good habits, these unassuming little animals can teach us some essential lessons about how we, as humans, can lead successful lives. From emotional resilience and a strong work ethic to effective parenting and staying healthy, the lab rat is an unlikely but powerful role model for us all. This is a surprising and engaging guided tour into the sophisticated mental, emotional, and behavioral worlds of these frequently maligned and often misunderstood little creatures.