Do you have a tough time pulling your children away from the TV or shopping mall to take a walk in the park? In honor of Earth Day, Rabbi Shmuley points to the importance of getting your children away from their world of electronics and consumerism to celebrate nature.
Rabbi Shmuley says many children today are part of a consumerist culture. "They are only around things that can be bought, be purchased," he says. "Nothing impresses them, nothing uplifts them, nothing inspires them—but nature can." Take your children to some of the national parks or to a mountain or canyon to be inspired, Rabbi Shmuley says. "Stand in awe and behold something—isn't that what you want your kids to do?" he asks. "If [your child] only knows how to buy things and consume things and own things, do you really think he is going know how to relate to things?"
If you don't expose your children to nature, Rabbi Shmuley says these are the consequences they may face:
"The special life is where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, the natural becomes miraculous, the everyday becomes unique. Finding the magic and wonder within nature is the most assured means by which children rediscover the joy of life."