Improving Children’s Relationship With Nature

TRANSLATOR: Salma Syeda

KEYWORDS: Environment, Nature, Bond, Peace Relationship, Dependent, Pollution, sustainable development, Responsible, Afforestation,

We all are well aware of the fact that health of humans is directly dependent on the health of nature and therefore disrupting this ecosystem can have a profound impact on our lives. For example, it is the air pollution that the inhabitants of industrial cities may be accustomed to. Air pollution not only leads to the breakdown of respiratory system and but also causes biological disruption in humans. Air pollution spreads lead in the air, by entering our body lead can have a significant impact on our nerves and psyche and can cause depression, anger, violence and restlessness. But our relationship with nature is not limited to just keeping it healthy and living a better life.
Nature plays more important roles in life. Have you thought about its effect on the development of mental and experimental dimensions of children? What could be more relaxing than the sound of the sea waves or the cool morning breeze of the mountains?
In Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence, one type of intelligence is naturalistic intelligence. The need to balance different types of intelligence requires to pay attention to strengthening naturalistic intelligence in our children. But today there are many problems in the interaction of adults and even children with nature.
There are people who are unnecessarily afraid of some animals or those who are afraid of the mountains and the sea and other natural elements, and of course on the other hand we see people who have a very close relationship with animals to the point that instead of having a wife and children, They bring animals home to live with.

Have you ever met someone who has no skills in using and exploring nature? Or have you seen people who treat nature very inappropriately and cruelly? All of them who brutally cut down the trees in the forest so that they can build their own banknotes.

We need to be able to establish a good and constructive relationship with nature and also pay attention to friendship with nature in raising children.
Here are some tips to improve our children’s relationship with nature.

  1. Let our children experience and explore the nature .Experiencing nature can develop their sense of touch, motor skills and peace of mind. Let them touch the trees and flowers, even if their hands are slightly scratched. Let them play with dirt, mud and sand, even if they get their clothes and hands dirty
  2. Let them climb the mountains and cliffs themselves, even if they sometimes fall, and let them walk under the rain if they like, and feel the rain with their face and hands, and rest assured that their good parents will not let them catch a cold!These are experiences that can accompany a person for the rest of his life. It may cause you some inconvenience, and in some cases even some danger to your child, but you have to take care of it, buy it hard.Children may have seen people bring animals home since they were children, and they may have suggested this to you. In this situation, be sure to talk to them. Help them out by placing themsleves in the place of that bird or any other animal that has moved away from his home and understands how far away from home and the loss of nature is heartwarming and Bringing her into the space of a cage is annoying. Tell them that no one has the right to sentence animals to life imprisonment for their own selfishness.
  3. Children must be able to understand the difference between humans and other creatures. They must gradually realize that humans have a superior position over other creatures. Children should not harm animals, they should not be afraid of animals, but they should also know which one is the priority between humans and animals. Talk to teens about the purpose of creating animals. Know that many problems today are the result of childhood mentalities, such as the fact that a person prefers having a pet to having a child can be the result of this mentality.
  4. For fun and leisure, prefer nature to other activities. Instead of going to the mall for shopping, or going to a modern restaurant, or going to the amusement park, try to choose nature as a place to have fun. By doing this, you will get more peace from nature and children will feel better about nature.
  1. Use nature as a source of inspiration. For example, when you go to the mountains with your child, use mountain allegory to talk to him. In that case, your child will remember your advice even when he/she sees the mountains as an adult.
  2. Try to plant a tree every year before spring, with the help of your child. Let them experience the sweet taste of planting and nurturing trees. Water the tree that they plant themselves and see for themselves the fruit of effort and patience. In doing so, he establishes a very intimate relationship with nature, which can inspire great lessons in his life.

7- If you are interested, fill your house with natural elements. Try to place small shrubs, natural flowers and handicrafts made of wood in your home decoration. In addition to feeling better at home, your children will become more in tune with nature.


8- Try to use natural elements as much as possible in your recreation in nature. Children need to learn how to make the most of nature. They need to be able to create new things using the raw materials that exist in nature and with their own creativity. Like making bows and arrows using wood chips on the floor. By doing so they will contribute a little to sustainable development. But,be careful not to let the branches of the tree be cut down to make fire or swing.


9-Ask children questions that make them think about nature’s cycles. For example, ask them what they think about how lightning and thundering. Or why are the mountains layered? And thousands of other questions that can be extracted from nature. Of course, keep in mind that children of all ages offer a certain kind of explanation for this and we should just open the way for them to think.


we need to keep in mind that children learn from us and t we should not be hypocritical. Parents who are willing to cut down trees to build a villa themselves, parents who mistreat animals themselves, parents who have never planted a single flower or shrub themselves, cannot insist or persuade their children to be environment conscious. We should try to be good role models for our children and they should love nature by seeing how we treat nature and understand the limits of our relationship with nature and animals.