How are you spending your year of hours? It's a good question to consider.
Across my Facebook Newsfeed lately, I've seen a lot of talk about "1000 hours outside." Not terribly surprising to keep seeing and re-seeing that, as I'm an environmental education blogger who follows a slew of environmental websites via Facebook.
Initially when I saw it, I was thinking it was specifically a summer challenge. Of course, upon digging and doing some mathematical calculations, that would be a major challenge indeed at nearly 12 hours per day for the 3 months of summer!
October 2017 Common Sense Media Report. Their exact findings for kids aged 0-8 was 2 hours 19 minutes. (You can find a one-page synopsis of the Common Sense Media report here.)
Of course, as kids get older, those numbers go up. Tweens (aged 8-12) were noted as using 6 hours a day of tech, whereas 12-18 year old teenagers' numbers went up to 9 hours per day. This does not include school demands, which of course more frequently include devices as well.
2 hours is also the recommendation of screen time from the American Academy of Pediatrics for kids aged 2 and up.
No matter what age, that's a lot of indoor activity time. Hence the need for a counterbalance.
1000 hours outside is not a novel 2018 idea. When I started doing some digging, I discovered it goes back at least 5 years and can be found on many-a-Pinterest Board. I also found some incredible places to start for inspiration.
- The 1000 Hours Outside Blog
- Ginny & Josh have some great posts and two phenomenal lists of 100 reasons why the outdoors is so important for your social, emotional, mental, and physical health. They also have a Facebook & Instagram page.
- The Twitter Hashtags:
- The May 31, 2018 Mother Nature Network article "Could you get your kids outside for 1,000 hours this year?"
- Anything written by Richard Louv, author of "Last Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder."
As of this point of this 3rd day of June, I'm a wee 4 hours in. (The weather hasn't cooperated--nor have my aging/aching knees--and I've allowed that to be my stumbling blog.) A true 1/4 of 1000 would put me to 250 hours outdoors out of 2,190 hours total. Can I do it? Time will tell, as will my recorded calculations come August 31st. Stay tuned! 😉
Richard Louv book images from http://richardlouv.com/; John Burrough's Quote from http://emilysquotes.com/i-go-to-nature-to-be-soothed-and-healed-and-to-have/; 1000 Hours Outside Richard Louv quote pic from https://www.facebook.com/1000hoursoutside/photos/