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Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids Paperback – March 1, 2011
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--David Mizejewski, Naturalist, National Wildlife Federation
""Research now supports what our grandmothers already knew to be true: time spent outdoors is good for our health. In this book, Rebecca Cohen offers 365 prescriptions for healthier kids and healthier families." Daphne Miller, MD, author of The Jungle Effect: Healthiest Diets from Around the World--Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You
"""Every family will LOVE getting outside every day with the fun & easy tips in this book! Today, more than ever, we need to preserve our kids' love of the outdoors. Rebecca P. Cohen gives us everything we need to make outside time happen!" Whitney Ferre, author of 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids, www.creativelyfit.com.
"""Ready to get up and go? Open the pages and start to discover 365 amazing ways to connect and engage with your kids! Keep it in your kitchen, your car and by your bedside 'cause your family is about to be inspired."
Pediatric Psychologist Dr. Lynne Kenney, author of The Family Coach Method" -
""Rebecca P. Cohen reminds us that we can be ourselves with our kids and grow closer as a family starting with Fifteen Minutes Outside every day. This is a must read book for people who want to bring more joy, connection, and fun into their family."
Mike Robbins, author, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken
""Every parent wants to keep their kids healthy, but it often feels like a struggle. Rebecca's imaginative and fun ideas help even city dwellers like me take the 15-minutes a day challenge."
Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, senior editor at Health magazine and author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom's Healthy Eating Guide" -
""Outdoor lifestyle expert, Rebecca P. Cohen, author of Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, highlights the top 10 easiest vegetables and herbs to grow in your garden. How does your garden grow?"" - Tiny Green Mom
""And while an occasional snow day is fun, when they pile up, kids get a little rowdy. I just read about this book that might help you keep cabin fever at bay."" - Lady and the Blog
""If you've never learned to appreciate nature when the weather isn't sunny and warm, dare to venture outside your comfort zone. Not sure how? Pick up Cohen's upcoming book Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks, March 2011)."" - SheKnows
""Fifteen Minutes Outside is the inspiration of outdoor lifestyle expert Rebecca P. Cohen's commitment to spending time outside with her family every single day for a whole year...I need a book like this."" - SheKnows
About the Author
Rebecca P. Cohen is a gardening and outdoor lifestyle expert whose mission is to inspire people to get off the couch and discover how simple it can be to incorporate an active, outdoor lifestyle into a busy schedule. The mother of two small children, Rebecca incorporates the outdoors into every aspect of life, bringing invaluable tips and inspiration into her product lines, television segments, and website, rebeccaplants.com. Rebecca is the National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There Spokesmom.
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Top Customer Reviews
"What if I got outside every single day, and what if I could get my kids to come along? It would be easier to pull this off in the middle of summer, but what if we did it all year round, no matter what the weather was like?"
These are Rebecca Cohen's words in the introduction to her book 15 Minutes Outisde, 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. At the time when Rebecca had this outdoorsy idea she and her husband had demanding corporate jobs and it seemed the moments she was at home were spent indoors rushing from one demand to the next, leaving her at the end of the day feeling exhausted and unfulfilled in regards to time spent with her children. Well, I'm not a working mom but I can definitely relate with the life of running around without really spending time with my kids outside.
After reading this book I think I can honestly say that it's my new best friend. 365 ideas of how to spend meaningful time with my kids outside? This translates to: 1) bonding time with my children 2) cleaner house because we're outside! 3) getting the wiggles out 4) great health benefits 5) increased appreciation of nature 6) low to no cost entertainment ... and the list goes on and on. This book's worth is priceless!
Last week was spring break and I took the opportunity to try a few of the book's ideas on my kids. Our first favorite was "get to know a tree" where one person closes their eyes and another leads them to a tree where they use their sensory skills (excluding sight) to observe the tree. That person is then led to a central location where they open their eyes and try to guess what tree they touched. My kids loved trying to fool Mommy with this fun activity.Read more ›
I give Rebecca a lot of credit for sticking with her resolution and getting out there - and then writing this to give everyone else a hand! To help on harried days, she composed a list of fifty easy outdoor activities and posted it by their back door. The activities in this book are designed to be simple and low cost. You won't need fancy equipment or special clothing. I like that the book is divided into months of the year, with a weather appropriate outdoor suggestion for every single day in that month, for a total of 365 outdoor ideas. That organization makes it simple to pick up book, flip to the appropriate month and select an activity to try. Cool, huh?
But she doesn't just list thirty items in a boring column. Each one is a small paragraph explaining why the activity is worth doing or how her family had fun with it. For May, some of the suggestions are to invite birds into your garden with bird feeders, host an informal garden tea party, play kickball with the whole family, or check on your seedlings in the garden. One of my favorites was setting up a clear bag with dirt, worms and table scraps, then watching the compost break down.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great book! Many of the ideas are new, but even the more obvious ones are really great to have in one spot for easy reference. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. STARLING
Nothing new here. Most of the ideas in this book are no brainers (look at the clouds) or just repeats of prior ideas (plant peas. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Momof2
I'm excited to use these activities with my grand-daughter! They look like lots of fun!Published 5 months ago by Patricia A McNinch
This is a great resource to have at your fingertips. Its brilliance is in how easy it is to implement many of the ideas. Read morePublished 6 months ago by AmazonMom
I purchased this book for my niece who has two very active children - a boy five and a girl three. Great ideas to keep them entertained.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer