Children, Dirt, Immune System – Courtesy Era of Light

Blue Dragon Journal

Note to Reader:  I spent much of my childhood sitting in the dirt, playing with toys, roller-skating all over the neighborhood, crawling through bushes and playing “fort”.  I skinned my knees, I got childhood illnesses, I recovered.  I didn’t receive any vaccinations until sixth grade… one for polio.  As an adult, I’ve met germophobic parents who insist on keeping their houses super clean and frankly haven’t seen that their children are better off.  Working in the soil, being around animals and being in Nature is natural; our modern lives are not.

While most parents would do their best to keep their children and their homes as clean as possible, others are happy to let their children get dirty. Jack Gilbert is one such parent. According to Gilbert, encouraging children to play in the mud isn’t just good for them, but

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