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The 4 magic words that will make your kids happier in the long run

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Wouldn’t it be great to have “4 magic words” that would put an end to all of your parenting worries and woes?? It would be…well…MAGICAL!

Though I don’t have an extra special “abracadabra” spell, I do have four words that could make all kids happier in the long run.  The words are simple; “Get outside and PLAY!”

It’s no secret that kids are spending less time outside in the sun and fresh air and more time indoorrobin-1s plugged into devices. Countless studies have shown that today’s children are suffering from “nature deficit syndrome” {a phrase coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods} and the lack of something  as simple as Vitamin D from the sun can lead to a variety of health concerns.

For me, the solution is simple; start actively creating opportunities for the whole family to unplug and head outside. Nature walk together, bike ride, explore parks, cultivate a garden or better yet, create your own special Secret Garden! The idea of an extra special garden filled with wonder, beauty and joy was introduced in the 1910 classic tale The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I remember crafting my own special secret garden as a child and that fascination continues with me to this day.

SecretGardenCoverLeft-e1407422792456It’s also what inspired me to team up with co-author Marilyn Scott-Waters to create A Year in the Secret Garden; a modern spin on a timeless classic. With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for families to enjoy, learn, discover and play together, A Year In the Secret Garden is an opportunity to introduce a new generations of families to the magic of creating special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and get into the kitchen, craft room and garden.

So if your family is suffering from “couch-itis,” consider this colorful and delightful children’s book your guide to rediscovering the wonders of nature and family time. Get instant access HERE.

Meet you in the garden!


Here’s another screen-free activity for young readers and one that lets them tap into their  “inner sleuth!” The Secret Codes, Mysteries and Adventures Activity PDF for kids will keep young minds percolating for HOURS!

Inside young super detectives will discover:

*19 pages of sleuthing fun for your family to enjoy.
*Use Pilot Frixion Pens and craft paper to create Invisible Secret Notes!
*Make I Spy Cookies!
*Discover a President of the United States who was a Master Code Creator!

This free activity guide is a great way to encourage kids to pull books off of shelves, discover the power of imagination and build a new excitement and anticipation for reading. Fill out the info below and grab your FREE copy. Enjoy!

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1 thought on “The 4 magic words that will make your kids happier in the long run

  1. Valerie, you are absolutely right kids need more outside time and more activity away from plugged in devices. I like for my kids to spend some time outside everyday too.

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