Read 'Grow Wild' and Learn to Move More


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Children have never moved as little as they move today! And neither have adults! Katy Bowman’s latest book, Grow Wild, is based on the undeniable premise that we are becoming a hazardously sedentary society. And that this lack of movement is harming our children.

Have you and your children spent the current pandemic hunched over your computers for work and school in the “safe” comfort of your internet-connected home? Does it often seem too hot or too cold to try to do anything outside? Have more of your external excursions – from shopping to travel to enjoying the arts – taken place online this year?  You aren’t alone.  This has happened to all of us. I kept feeling consummately silly sitting still in an armchair while reading Katy’s insightful book about movement. I found myself walking around in the house and yard while reading and dictating notes.

Movement Matters

It matters significantly to our health yet human movement is in a state of decline.  Now even more so during the pandemic. Our environment used to prompt us to move – now it encourages us to sit still. Katy asserts that our convenience-driven culture is a contributing factor to many of today’s childhood health issues. “Modern food, clothing, education, games, homes, and travel have become attainable with almost no movement of our bodies required.”

Grow Wild Book CoverGrow Wild encourages and exhorts adults to model enjoying movement, especially outside, with the children in their lives. Being outside places us in a movement rich environment, while being in direct contact with nature is critical to our overall health. Already at the turn of the 20th century, Charlotte Mason developed her early childhood educational theories with a core tenant of “never be indoors when you can rightly be without”. Generations of home educators have learned the wisdom of that command. Children are able to move, observe, and focus more fully within a nature-filled environment of permissive movement.

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