How to connect with nature: Tips for tuning into the natural world

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© 2020 GWEN DEWAR, PH.D., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED People who connect with nature are happier, and children who connect with nature are more prosocial and better-behaved. How can we help our families feel a greater sense of connectedness?  You already know that kids benefit when they play outdoors. They also reap special benefits when they Read More »

Kids who feel connected with nature are happier — and more likely to befriend, help, and share

© 2020 GWEN DEWAR, PH.D., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Does your child feel connected with nature? Researchers can measure these feelings with a standard questionnaire, and they’ve discovered fascinating links. Nature-loving children are happier. They experience fewer behavior problems. And they are more likely to treat others with kindness. What happens when we spend time outdoors Read More »

How green spaces benefit mental health

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Green spaces defuse stress, and may help prevent depression and childhood psychiatric disorders. But not every green space is equal.

Secure attachment relationships protect kids from toxic stress

© 2019 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Parents can help children recover from stress by offering physical affection and words of support. But is there more? Maybe secure attachment relationships also help kids develop the ability to self-soothe. What happens when you soothe your baby’s tears? When you make eye contact, engage your baby Read More »

Vitamin A supplements: Is your kid getting too much vitamin A?

© 2019 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Vitamin A supplements are helpful for children who have a vitamin A deficiency. But most healthy, well-nourished kids don’t need supplements. And some kids may be getting too much vitamin A — consuming excessive levels of preformed vitamin A in liver, dairy products, fish oil, multivitamins, and Read More »