How to Raise a Wild Child

The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

American children today spend 90 percent less time playing outdoors than their parents did; instead they spend an average of seven hours a day interacting with a screen. Scott Sampson asserts that not only does exposure to nature help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits, but it also reduces bullying and helps boost academic scores. Even more important are the long-term benefits linked to cognitive, emotional, and moral development.

Distilling the latest research in disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, biology, and education, Sampson reveals how parents and educators can help kids fall in love with nature and instill a sense of place that will help keep the planet healthy.

©2015 © Reproduced by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Should be a requirement for parents to read...

This book explains the importance of outdoor connection between children (and adults) and nature. It should be required of all parents to read because it helps one understand the NEED for children to grow and explore outside. It takes scholarly information from studies, reports, and years of research to break it down for everyone to understand.

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Yay! It's Dr Scott!

I truly enjoyed this book & the ideas inside. Just wish it was author narrated.

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Amazing and inspiring!

This book was just amazing! It was a perfect combination of scientific research and inspiring ideas to get outside with the children in your life to experience the wonder of nature! I loved that it had practical how to's and easy ideas that you could implement right away. The book was so good that I found it hard to listen to it while driving because I wanted to take notes on everything! I will need to buy the print version as well. Thank you for this awe inspiring book!

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Outdoor facilitator

I’ve been falling in love with outdoor play and education for a while now, and I appreciate Scott Sampson giving practical ways to cultivate a child’s curiosity and love for wildness. I will be re-listening and reading (I got a hard copy too) to this book frequently.

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a decent overall review of nature connection

very difficult to get through the narration. The author stalked every half sentence and it made the book drag on far longer than necessary. Playing it at a faster speed only emphasized this jerky pace. overall a decent overview of nature connection including current projects and thought leaders including activities for raising a wild child or leading any sort of outdoor mentorship program.

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great book. great narrator

I've listened to this multiple times. everyone that has anything to do with kids should read this book.

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Extremely inspiring!

Many great tools and an amazing learning experience. I can't wait to dwelve into this with my unschooled child.

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Repeats himself a lot

I really wanted to like this book. It's not bad, but the content repeats itself a lot. And the narrator is NOT my favorite. I probably would rather have checked this book out from the library, skimmed it for the good content, and then returned it.

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Best book of its kind

I have read a number of books about the importants of raising children with a connection to the natural word. This one is probably the best. Dr Scott (known to many parents and children from PBS’ Dinosaur Train) lays out the problems, gives actionable solutions then gives you reference if you want to do more reading on any particular idea. Well done.

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Sorry I wasted my credit

I believe in involving children in nature but this one was a waste of my credit. He could have said it all in a paragraph.

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