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I am saddened by the busy schedules families keep these days, the dependency on technology in our homes to babysit, and the lack of outdoor play areas young children have daily access too. Children are missing the joy and satisfaction of childhood. In many places it is not safe to allow children to play outdoors. When I was a little girl, I climbed trees, ice skated on homemade rinks, played outside with my friends from sun up to sun down, and made the yummiest mud pies just ask my brother. As an Early Childhood Specialist, I want all children to have the kinds of experiences I had as a child. It is critical we find ways to establish outdoor play spaces and provide all children with positive experiences in nature.

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