6 episodes

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.

1000 Hours Outsides podcast Virginia Yurich

    • Kids & Family

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.

    Nature Time and the Vestibular Sense

    Nature Time and the Vestibular Sense

    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.

    • 25 min
    Connecting as a Couple When You Can't Date Your Spouse

    Connecting as a Couple When You Can't Date Your Spouse

    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.

    • 25 min
    Nature Play & Socialization

    Nature Play & Socialization

    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! 

    • 24 min
    The Origin of 1000 Hours Outside

    The Origin of 1000 Hours Outside

    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!

    • 29 min
    Tips for Spending Time Outside During the Winter

    Tips for Spending Time Outside During the Winter

    Don't stay inside all winter! Get outside with your kids with these simple tips.

    • 39 min
    Time in Nature Contributes to Increased Academic Success

    Time in Nature Contributes to Increased Academic Success

    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. 

    • 22 min

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