50 Ways to Fight Nature Deficit Disorder This Fall and Winter

You can’t go very far these days without hearing about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but have you heard of Nature-Deficit Disorder?

In his best-selling book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit DisorderRichard Louv explores research linking children’s health and well-being to direct exposure to nature.

The reality is, nowadays, our children are better able to identify jungle and zoo animals than the animals that reside in their own backyard.

In this age of screens, our nation’s children are not getting out there and this has a direct impact on their health and happiness. And, lest you think nature only benefits children, Louv shares the benefits for adults in his book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.

After reading Louv’s books, you won’t want to come inside. Louv uses research to show the many benefits of time spent in nature, including: Continue reading 50 Ways to Fight Nature Deficit Disorder This Fall and Winter

My Favorite Drug Commercial Ever

When you live in the mountains of Colorado, the views outside the window tend to keep life in perspective. But we’ve lived in many other amazing locations, following my husband’s job across the country. We’ve found breathtaking parks and outdoor areas in every single state we’ve lived in. With an archaeologist for a husband, and four kids to raise, I’ve found myself outside a lot.

That may be why I instantly fell in love with this parody of a drug commercial. I’m sure you’re like me, and practically need a medication to make it through those long, depressing commercials for the latest pharmaceuticals. But I guarantee this is one ‘drug’ commercial you’ll not only enjoy, you may find yourself replaying it over and over. Warning: It may lead you to walk away from your desk and head outside.


This inspirational video is brought to you by a group called Nature Rx. What is Nature Rx? Let their website explain: “Nature Rx is a grassroots movement dedicated to entertaining and informing people about the healing and humorous aspects of nature.”

Now that’s one prescription I would love to add to my medical history. I think I’ll have to sign up the husband and kids too.

Live Every Week Like It’s Shark Week With ‘Wild Kratts’

© PBS Kids
“Speaking Dolphinese” © PBS Kids

The Wild Kratts are back with more creature adventures, this time submerging beneath the waves to discover the secrets of great white sharks, giant octopi, sea turtles, and dolphins. Pair the new DVD, Wild Kratts: Shark-tastic! with the early reader book Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins, and you’ve got your mini marine biologist (or future Sharknado fan) ready to dive in for some wild adventures with the Kratt brothers.

Shark-tasticChris and Martin Kratt blend real life looks at animals of all types with fantastic escapades out in the wild in their animated form. When they don their creature power suits created by their friend Aviva, the brothers can utilize many of the amazing abilities of the animals they’re investigating.

In the new collection, out today from PBS Kids, there are four aquatic adventures for kids to enjoy. “Octopus Wildkratticus” is more of an outlandish story than usual for the Kratt brothers, as a Pacific octopus mistakenly uses the creature power suits to take on a shark, but it is educational nonetheless. “Tortuga Tune Up” features enthusiastic engineer Aviva hard at work on the team’s HQ. “Speaking Dolphinese” and “Stuck on Sharks” both take Chris and Martin into the deep sea where they encounter—you guessed it–sharks in their natural habitats.

Every episode of Wild Kratts is full of excitement and humor, and I’m a fan of the diverse team that always works together to keep creatures “free and in the wild.” Kids of almost every age will get a kick out of the Kratt brothers and learn something new in each episode.

The Step Into Reading book Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins! from Random House is more information than narrative, but young fans of the show will enjoy seeing it presented in typical fashion by Chris and Martin. Parents reading along will probably even learn a thing or two about creatures that dwell on the ocean floor. (Yeti crab, who knew that was a real animal?)

If your child is already a big fan of animals, chances are they’re already fans of the Wild Kratts. If not, this 60 minute collection and science reader are a great way to teach them about the natural world around us.

GeekMom received promotional copies for review purposes.

What It’s Like to Die in a Black Hole

NASA rendering of a black hole. Image: Nasa.gov.
NASA rendering of a black hole. Image: Nasa.gov.

Just in case you sit around pondering questions such as this…in this month’s issue of Nature, Zeeya Merali discusses the latest in a debate on how black hole death might be: in one corner is “spaghettification” (being ripped apart), the other corner is “the wall of fire” (getting burned alive at the event horizon). Click through to read more about the two theories.

I may or may not have been part of such debates at 3am at a meteorology student’s house party in college.

What It’s Like to Die in a Black Hole.