Last Child on the Prairie {On Playing Outside, Part 2}

Last week I shared a little bit about my experiences interacting with nature as a child and how those -- and Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods -- have affected my parenting philosophies. Then, in this weekend's newsletter, I shared some of the strategies we use to encourage outside play (sign up here to…

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Last Child on the Prairie {On Playing Outside, Part 1}

As I mentioned in this week's Weekly Reads post, I'm in the middle of re-reading one of my all-time favorite books, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. I was fortunate enough to attend an authentic Montessori school for 13 years (from the time I was two-and-a-half until I graduated 8th grade), and that…

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Question of the Day: Organizing Outdoor Toys

How do you organize your outdoor toys? Do you have a designated toy storage area? Do you limit the number of outdoor toys your kids have? Do you store sports equipment separately from everyday toys? What's your biggest challenge when it comes to storing outdoor toys? What's your best piece of advice for others trying…

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