Gardening With Children Can Lead To A Lifetime Of Happiness
Have you ever met an unhappy gardener? Neither have I so it goes to reason that by gardening with our children, we are passing on one of the most enjoyable and rewarding hobbies to be found. Gardening has so many valuable lessons for a seasoned gardener. Those lessons are multiplied to someone much younger. In passing down our passion for gardening, we are really passing on happiness.
Gardening With Children Teaches Optimism
Audrey Hepburn once said “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” (did you ever thing you would read an Aubrey Hepburn quote in a garden blog?). Planting seeds or a small plant give children something to look forward to. It gives hope which is a very powerful feeling. The anticipation and excitement of getting up everyday to check growth and progress of a plant can be a true joy.
Gardening With Children Teaches Respect
Plants are living objects. So are the insects living on and around them. To interact with them can create awe and amazement. Realizing that all these things are alive teaches us to treat them, and other human beings for that matter, with care. Understand that growing plants can also provide us with food and nourishment brings the understanding that they are living objects to a much higher level than wondering through the aisles of a grocery store ever will.
Gardening With Children Teaches Health
Fresh air, dirt on one’s hands, hard work, soaking in the sun and healthy food all add up to an activity that is not only enjoyable, but healthy. The positive feeling children get from working with their hands and breathing in the fresh air can be a catalyst to a healthier life. The fresh vegetables and fruits that are harvested can lead to a lifetime of healthy diets. Gardening is great exercise too and can tire out even the most energetic child (not to mention the parents). Maybe gardening is the cure for the computer game zombies we all live with!
Gardening With Children Teaches Humility
There is a lot of work that goes into growing a garden. Tilling, planting, weeding, watering, fertilizing, harvesting…..In the end, some plants simply do not make it. That’s life. There are just some forces stronger than us and nature is certainly one of them. Nature has a way of putting us back in our place. This is ok. It is important to know that we are simply tenders of the garden and doing what we can to grow it well.
Gardening With Children Teaches The Togetherness
Few people have ever said I wish I had spent less time with my children or conversely, with my parents. Gardening together provides the opportunity to grow together and create a strong bond. Working together to decide what to plant, tending the garden together, and finally sitting down and eating the rewards of the garden together creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime.
All of these lessons combine together to make for happy children. Nothing can guarantee a lifetime of happiness for our children and gardening is no exception, but, smiling children with dirty hands is a good start.
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