More Experiences. Less Things
Are you a mum, dad or grandparent?
Do you worry about how much time your kids spend in front of a screen?
He spent a lot of time in front of a screen of some description but I recognised early on that taking away his access to technology would do more harm than good, especially as the skills he was learning would probably be essential as he grew up in an increasingly digital world.
In August 2019 he celebrated his 20th birthday. Thankfully he has developed a lasting love of nature and the environment.
I want to help YOU inspire your kids too.
So, I’ve taken everything I’ve learnt over the past 20+ years as a parent, sprinkled in a little of my 30+ years electronics, product design and wildlife knowledge and experience and combined it into a simple 4 step process…just for you.
Follow these steps and you’ll be well on the way to discovering the secret to getting your kids interested in wildlife and the outdoors as well as increasing their physical activity.
Follow these 4 easy steps…
Don’t let a lack of time, inspiration or skills hold you OR YOUR CHILD back.
STEP 1 – UNDERSTAND the problem
Our generation will be the last to have grown up in a world before computers, smartphones or the internet.
A world where we spent more time jumping in puddles and climbing trees then tapping on a screen.
A world where we gained invaluable knowledge and overwhelming joy by experiencing wildlife and the outdoors first hand.
There are some who see technology as a problem and the reason why many of us feel so disconnected from the natural world. They encourage us to ‘Ditch the screen and go green’. They’re holding on tight to the memory of yesteryear and the way we used to experience and learn about the natural world.
But I’m different.
I believe that the magical world of our youth still exists but the way in which we experience and learn about it needs to evolve. So rather than ditching technology to help us get closer to wildlife I say embrace it! Use it to find new ways to reconnect with nature and discover the wild wonders that surround us!
That’s why I’ll be sharing ongoing ideas, thoughts and information about…
Here’s a thought to get you going…
‘Give each piece of technology a purpose. This promotes discussion, awareness and integration.’
STEP 2 – EXPLORE available options
Explore this website and discover great wildlife friendly upcycling projects, how to use your smartphone to get closer to wildlife, a beginners guide to wildlife cameras and trails cameras, the best wildlife webcams from around the world plus regular reviews, wildlife and gadget news and other stories from my blog.
You’ll also learn new skills that will not only help you but you can teach and share with your children too.
I’ll also be inviting friends and experts from around the world to share their ideas, skills and experience on a regular basis. If you have an idea, top tip or story you would like to share then get in touch and let’s have a chat.
STEP 3 – DO fun things
The only way to inspire kids to get outdoors and be more active is to actually do it yourself too.
I’ve already saved you a huge amount of time by pinpointing the skills you need and creating these projects and guides (I wish I had someone who could have done that for me 20 years ago!).
The difficult bit for most people is making the effort to actually ‘DO’ stuff. I’ll do all I can to make that as easy as possible for you. The rest is up to you!
STEP 4 – SHARE your experiences
One of the best things you can do once you start ‘DOING’ stuff is to inspire other mums, dads, grandparents and children to do the same by sharing your own outdoor adventures, wildlife stories and achievements.
Chances are you are already familiar with social media and have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. That’s great! Wildlife and outdoor photos, videos and stories are always hugely popular and are a great way to engage with and inspire others.
Share your posts with me and I’ll like and share as many as I can.