[fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Spring days filled with fun in the sun and mud pies. Do you remember those days? Where you were eager to splash in the puddles and serve up your mud pie, with a side of freshly picked flowers?

Children get it, they understand that interacting with nature, getting dirty and spending time outdoors are keys to happy and healthy living. Of course my 7 year old Tasbeeh doesn’t say “Hey Umi I need to get some vitamin D from the sun, because studies have shown that Vitamin D is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, and helps maintaining my healthy bones and teeth….” No but he will say “Playing outside is what kids do.” he may not understand scientifically that what he is doing is more than just making memories, but his body does and receives so much benefit.

Why is it important we foster our children’s love of nature and why we should join them:

1.) A little dirt won’t hurt- In fact those mud pies are pretty beneficial. Turns out playing in the dirt is good for your immune system. So don’t feel so bad or upset the next time your child gets dirty and maybe has a little bit of that mud pie.

2.) An appreciation for nature- SubhanAllah being outdoors we can all appreciate the beauty of Allah’s creation and how everything works. My children learned there are certain times and ways to use the plants around us. You truly experience and appreciate how miraculous the world around us is

3.) it’s therapeutic- Feeling the crisp morning air on your face, hearing the birds sing their praises, or feeling the grass beneath your feet, your soul feels peace and you’re happy. Children are full of life when they are outdoors, they run free and their faces are happy and carefree. When people are upset sometimes they say “I need to take a walk.” Its something about that outside energy that calms a person and changes their mood.

4.)Exposure to different herbs- Remember those flowers I mentioned in the beginning that got served with mud pie? Well did you know that there’s plenty of edible plants at our fingertips? Dandelions are more than just that bright yellow flower that pops up everywhere. Dandelions are actually good for you and we should teach children that herbs are beneficial in our every day life. You’d be surprised the secrets of the plants in your neighborhood, but if you pay close attention you will learn and pass on to your child a wealth of  information.

5.) Skip the screen time- Yes! Time to logout, disconnect, and reconnect to human face to face interaction. Sometimes children are so into angry birds, They need to see some real life birds. A healthy limit to screen time is a better road to take if you’re not interested in totally removing all your technological devices. That connection to Allah and with nature is more important than the connection to the internet. You’ll establish a love of life and care for the earth. We need mire humane people on the earth, and it starts in our home … With us. Lets get back to nature and establish a relationship that is good for our mind, body, and spirit.[/fusion_text][/fullwidth]

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