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Clip: In Nature Preschoolers Build Confidence

Clip: In Nature Preschoolers Build Confi...

When we filmed preschoolers navigating the woods in Rock Creek Park for our film, Mother Nature’s Child, we found that what the researchers say is true: rather than bullying, children on an outdoor adventure together tend to support and encourage each other. Building confidence on nature outings? Look at Lucy turn back to survey the challenge she just surmounted (crossing the stream, stepping stone by stepping stone) before she heads up the hill! Children can grow in every way when you take them...
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MNC INTERVIEW OUT-TAKES

MNC INTERVIEW OUT-TAKES...

Welcome to Mother Nature’s Child. We’d like to remind you that, besides a trailer and information about the film, creative personnel, screening events, viewer comments, resources, and ordering information, the website also offers out-takes from interviews we shot. Scroll down to “Categories” and select “Interviews” to find interesting clips that, due to time constraints or other editing concerns, didn’t make it into the film. We will continue to post these out-takes and hope that you will share your own comments and...
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Freedom to Roam?...

When we interviewed parents for Mother Nature’s Child, we heard different perspectives about how much freedom kids should be allowed. Should they be able to explore their neighborhood on their own? How much of their time should be structured and scheduled? What about downtime? Here the mother of a nine year old boy talks about her approach. What’s yours? Leave a...
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Teen Mothers See MNC

Teen Mothers See MNC...

The Central Vermont Community Action Council recently held a screening of Mother Nature’s Child for the group of teen mothers who created the mural pictured here. The staff coordinator who arranged the screening wrote: “They loved that the film offers positive solutions. One mother shared that she is limiting her little girl to less than an hour of TV a week and that they are going outside more. Another expressed her desire to settle down in a rural town because of what it can offer her child growing up. We talked a lot about parents possessing the power to...
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Bird Notecards from MNC

Bird Notecards from MNC...

For the “Deep Questions” chapter of Mother Nature’s Child, we commissioned four paintings from artist Amelia Bethke to illustrate a story told by tracker/naturalist Jon Young. The paintings are so beautiful that we had them made into notecards! They come in packages of 8, two each of the four images. Most have now been sold, but we have ten left and are offering them for $12/pack plus $3 postage. Email us if you are interested!...

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