[permaculture] Book Recommendation

Michelle Maggiore mmaggior at mindspring.com
Tue Sep 12 15:41:57 EDT 2006

> Hello All,
> I wanted to mention a book I just finished,  "Last Child in the
> our children from Nature deficit Disorder",  written by Richard Louv,
> published in 2005.
> While there are some parts of the book I disagree with, there are many
> interesting facts and new programs mentioned in the book that apply to
> parents. I am guessing that kids in permaculture-oriented families are
> amply blessed than most with outdoor living opportunities, but I still
> most of us struggle like the rest of American parents with our perception
> danger and how far we will let our children wander: One of the facts
> mentioned in the book is that in the United States, from 1971 to 1991, the
> amount of distance children were allowed to roam on their own had
> to 1/9 of what it had been. (in 1971).
> One of the book's main assertions is that constricting movement of kids
> not allowing them to play in any wild or untamed areas, we may protect
> from "stranger danger" but also may be unduly promoting something we
> be even more concerned about: the loss of habitat and healthy
> The book does not focus on fear, and it also  offers possible solutions,
> which is why it is refreshing and I feel so strongly about recommending it
> to you all....
> I would be interested in discussing this book further off-list if you have
> read it, or if you decide to read it. I think its really important, as
> subject has come up at many child-related events I have been to in the
> year or two.The parents that seem most happy with their kid's freedom tend
> to live in intentional communities, something I think is interesting. We
> live near many intentional communities, but do not live in one ourselves.
> However,  I am happy to hear from parents of older kids who have come up
> with any type of  innovative ways of easing the transition (for both kids
> and parents)  to more mobility for their teenagers and beyond.
> Have a wonderful autumn!
> Michelle

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