Snow, Dinosaurs, and Nature-Deficit Disorder

Our week has included snow and dinosaurs. Kind of random for April 2021, but that’s just where we’re at right now 🤷‍♀️

Pink and white dogwood trees blooming in the spring in April.
Pink dogwood tree blooming in the spring in Pittsburgh.

Our week started out with our dogwood trees in full bloom, and then by Wednesday we had a dusting of snow. Welcome to Pittsburgh. If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few days and it will completely change!

The dinosaurs came from the seminar we had at our church from Sunday through Wednesday. Our congregation hosted a speaker from the Creation Truth Foundation and we spent a few days learning all about dinosaurs, history, and so much more.

I’m happy to report that Sadie wasn’t afraid of the dinosaur display! In fact, she was super into it. We came away from the seminar in awe of God’s creation and just how detail-oriented He truly is.

Have you ever heard of nature-deficit disorder? I hadn’t until recently. It’s the idea that humans, especially kids, are spending less time outside and that this lack of nature results in behavior problems. Totally fascinating.

While it’s not an officially recognized disorder by medical professionals, I think the idea of it makes sense. I know I get a little off-kilter when I don’t spend enough time outdoors. Like this week with the snow… I wasn’t too thrilled to get outside since my brain is in spring mode lately.

My friend Kristin from Parenting With Kris wanted to share some tips on nature-deficit disorder, so without further ado, here’s what Kristin has to say 😊

How Your Family Can Overcome Nature-Deficit Disorder This Spring

Young boy in nature.
Photo via Unsplash

Over the last few decades, nature deficit disorder has contributed to increased rates of illness, weight gain, and concentration difficulties, and this is having a major impact on families all over the country. Here are some ways you and your children can spend less time inside and more time outdoors enjoying all nature has to offer.

Nature-Deficit Disorder Explained

Learn about the risks of spending too much time indoors and the benefits of getting your kids into nature.

Outdoor Activities Around the Home

Make spending time outdoors part of your family’s daily routine with these fun activities.

Ideas for Spending Time in Nature

Plan some adventures to truly immerse your kids in nature.

By planning for more outdoor time, you and your family can overcome nature-deficit disorder this season, whether you’re spending time in the woods or your backyard. Once your kids experience the joys of nature, they won’t be so eager to spend time in front of a screen.

Thank you for sharing, Kristin! So many great ideas for getting out in nature this spring 🌱

How is the weather where you live?

What are your thoughts on nature-deficit disorder?



  1. Snow in April!! Whew. I can’t imagine. Those dogwood blooms are gorgeous, though! I hope you’ll be seeing a lot more spring weather soon.

    1. It was not my cup of tea! Snow in January? Okay, I can expect that… but April. Ugh! It has even snowed here in May, believe it or not! I’m happily replying to your comment while wearing flip flops in 70-degree weather, so we are doing better, LOL!

  2. I am obsessed with your dogwood trees – they’re so beautiful and perfectly positioned in your backyard so you can see them while looking our your kitchen windown.
    AND, yes, nature deficit disorder is definitely a thing, and I’m sure tons of people in our area struggle from it!

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