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Author: Virginia Yurich

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Childhood is finite at just shy of 9.5 million minutes. We only get one shot at it. One of the biggest decisions we make is how we will use that time. Research has confirmed time and time again that what children are naturally and unabashedly drawn to, unrestricted outside play, contributes extensively to every area of childhood development. The importance here cannot be understated.

Every year we aim to match nature time with the average amount of American kid screen time (which is currently 1200 hours per year). Have a goal. Track your time outside. Take back childhood. Inspire others.
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Learn why you are smart and why your kids are smart! John is a favorite friend of ours and we loved diving into the 8 Great Smart, the 5 Core Needs as well as the impact of the third and fourth generations in our lives. And as a bonus, learn how to adapt to 1000 Hours Outside when you don't like being outside :).
Our health and wellness is dependent upon our dance with Mother Nature. Listen as Dr. Jacob Liberman walks us through the immense importance of exposing our eyes and our bodies to full spectrum sunlight.
In a world that prizes busy over boredom, listen to the story of author Sam "S.D." Smith as he weaves together building worlds as a child to becoming a wordsmith. This episode is will gently remind all of us of the downside, the cost of constant entertainment.  Sam traces his storytelling abilities back to the early years of his life where he ran wild in the woods of West Virginia, immersing himself in nature and in his imagination. Childhood and childhood play hold value in the moment and for decades to come. Long live the storytellers!
We’ve gone from being in control of our devices to our devices often controlling us. Psychotherapist and parenting expert, Tom Kersting shares about his influential book, Disconnected and gives practical advice for reclaiming your family and reconnecting with your kids. Learn about how multitasking reduces your cognitive capacity as well as your IQ level so the next time you’re thinking about sending an email in the middle of a meeting, remember that it’d be the same as having an eight year old send it for you :).
What about winter? It's the most frequently asked question we get asked at 1000 Hours Outside. Join us as we discuss the benefits of getting outdoors even when the weather isn't ideal. Learn practical tips and fun ideas for year-round outside adventure... and learn how to pronounce "friluftsliv." Linda's book, "There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather" changed our lives and we know you'll get so much out of her book and this podcast episode as well!
It's hard to imagine a time when school wasn't as big of a deal as it is today, when childhood wasn't so career focused. Learn about a time when parents and society trusted that children could manage themselves and solve their own problems. Apprenticeships were the way of the past and may become a large part of the future of education. Dr. Peter Gray's book "Free to Learn" was a life-changing read in our family. Listen as we discuss Dr. Gray's books and so much more! 
There's a better life beyond the screens. Anne Marie MacDonald from Gabb Wireless gives practical tips and ideas for intentionally introducing children to safe and healthy technology habits in stages. Learn about the phone and watch that parents are turning to for their children... and even for themselves in order to live beyond the screen so that there will be less time for the screens.
This episode was recorded on August 18th, 2021 In today's episode, Ginny Yurich sits down withKaty Bowman to discuss her latest book release, Grow Wild: The Whole-Child, Whole-Family Nature-Rich Guide to Moving More. Raising Healthy Sleepers from Crib to College. Purchase your copy here - https://amzn.to/3B2YZ08 (aff. link) Bestselling author, speaker, and a leader in the Movement movement, biomechanist Katy Bowman is changing the way we move and think about our need for movement. Her nine books, including the groundbreaking “Move Your DNA” and “Movement Matters”, have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Bowman teaches movement globally and speaks about sedentarism and movement ecology to academic and scientific audiences. Her work has been featured in diverse media such as the Today Show, CBC Radio One, the Seattle Times, and Good Housekeeping. One of Maria Shriver’s “Architects of Change” and America Walks “Woman of the Walking Movement,” she has worked with companies like Patagonia, Nike, and Google as well as a wide range of non-profits and other communities, sharing her “move more, move more body parts, move more for what you need” message. Her movement education company, Nutritious Movement, is based in Washington State, where she lives with her family. Learn more at nutritiousmovement.com.
This episode was recorded on August 17th, 2021. In today's episode, Ginny Yurich sits down with Lenore Skenazy to discuss her book, Free Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow. The first edition of Free Range Kids came out in 2009 and the second edition was released earlier this year, in 2021. Purchase your copy here - https://amzn.to/2W80oTT (aff. link). Lenore Skenazy is president of Let Grow, a non-profit promoting childhood independence and resilience, and founder of the Free-Range Kids movement. She is also a speaker, blogger, syndicated columnist, author, and reality show host. A mother who lives in Queens, her controversial decision to let her then-9-year-old son take the New York City Subway home alone became a national story and prompted massive media attention. She was dubbed, “America’s Worst Mom.” In response, Skenazy founded the book and blog “Free-Range Kids,” with the aim of "fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape." Let Grow continues the quest to make it "easy, normal and legal" to give kids back some old-fashioned independence of thought and deed. www.letgrow.org  
This episode was recorded on August 16th, 2021 In today's episode, Ginny Yurich sits down with Dr. W. Chris Winter to discuss his latest book release, The Rested Child, Why Your Tired, Wired, or Irritable Child May Have a Sleep Disorder - and How to Help, Raising Healthy Sleepers from Crib to College. Purchase your copy here - https://amzn.to/3smdlFC (aff. link). Dr. Chris Winter is a sleep specialist and neurologist and the author of The Rested Child and The Sleep Solution (published in 2017). The Sleep Solution, Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix it is a #1 best seller in Sleep Disorders. Join us as we discuss lux, lumens, sunlight, sleep, melatonin, serotonin, dopamine, video games, blue light, walking to school, and so much more! For more on today's guest: Dr. Chris Winter's website: www.cvilleneuroandsleep.com The Sleep Solution book website: http://www.thesleepsolutionbook.com
The vestibular sense, also known as the balance sense, is the awareness of your body in space.  It begins developing in utero and is the first fully functioning sensory system to develop.  It is foundational to childhood development because it affects all the other senses.
Date night.  It's all the rage.  Unless you can't do it.   Parents who are wrestling with the pressure to date your spouse, don't despair!  As a society, we desperately need the reminder that we can connect as husband and wife, even with our children around.   If you're struggling to connect and date nights are hard to come by, remember that Mother Nature is just a step out the front door.  You can recalibrate your marriage with your children around.  It has worked that way for thousands of years and it still works today.
Socialization.  It's a huge buzz word.  We all want our children to learn good social skills throughout childhood but there is a misnomer that simply attending public schools is the answer.  Nature play is one of the best and most efficient ways for kids to learn social skills.  Learn why in this podcast! 
Why 1000 Hours Outside?  Where did it come from?  Learn the origin here and find out why you might want to join the 1000 Hours Outside Challenge with your family!
So often we when we think of learning we think of paper and pencil.  Or maybe we think of watching an educational program or listening to an engaging speaker.  It’s important as parents and caregivers to know that movement, and especially movement in free play, is a major contributor to brain growth. In fact, movement it is the pre-cursor to all learning.  Here are three ways that spending time outside helps ensure your that child gets the movement he or she needs for optimal brain development. 
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