Children and Gardening

Mother Nature is doing if tough these days. Getting your children involved in the outdoors early in life can help them learn to appreciate our world and care for it.

Here are some of the benefits that gardening can provide children:

1. Science: In planting, children will learn about the plant’s life cycle and how, with proper care, their plants will thrive.
2. Life: There are many correlations between your garden and human life that can be demonstrated to your children through gardening. For example, as plants need water, sunlight, air and soil, so too people need water, shelter, air, food. A weeding activity can educate how bad influences should be avoided to allow life to progress more easily.
3. Relaxation: Studies show that gardening can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is so for children and adults. Children need to learn ways of coping with this often stressful world. It also helps build their self-esteem.
4. Quality Time with the Family: Put aside your stressful work life for a while and enjoy the garden. You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other. Where possible, always do what you have to do, together with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your child while working with them in your garden.

Is it time you got your kids into gardening?

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