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“Go play outside” used to be a parental dictum intended to keep kids out of dad’s pomaded hair

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“Go play outside” used to be a parental dictum intended to keep kids out of dad’s pomaded hair

It was a common phrase muttered in exasperation, a dismissal that implied both freedom and free time. Now, with fewer kids living near honest-to-goodness nature and fresh data available daily on the benefits of exposure to the wild, the statement, it feels like a big ask. That might be true (or just seem true because habits are hard to overcome), but it’s more critical than ever. American kids need to play outside and parents to play outside with them. Still, people sometimes need a push out the door, a reason to step into the great wide open. That’s understandable. We’re...

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“Go play outside” used to be a parental dictum intended to keep kids out of dad’s pomaded hair

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“Go play outside” used to be a parental dictum intended to keep kids out of dad’s pomaded hair

It was a common phrase muttered in exasperation, a dismissal that implied both freedom and free time. Now, with fewer kids living near honest-to-goodness nature and fresh data available daily on the benefits of exposure to the wild, the statement, it feels like a big ask. That might be true (or just seem true because habits are hard to overcome), but it’s more critical than ever. American kids need to play outside and parents to play outside with them. Still, people sometimes need a push out the door, a reason to step into the great wide open. That’s understandable. We’re...

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