Apparently, we can see how nature is treated these days. It is a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention so much anymore to environmental problems. What can we do about this? It’s as simple as starting with our children. It is encouraging to see children involved with environment friendly activities. One such nature loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is gardening. Why should you consider gardening with your children?
Here are the benefits that gardening provides your children:
While growing a garden, children indirectly learn the wonders of science like the plant’s life cycle, and how human’s intervention can break or make the environment. They gain firsthand experience of the miracle of life through a seed. This is definitely a new and enjoyable experience for kids.
Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as wondrous as the conception to birth and growth of a child. In time, kids will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life in them. Gardening actually helps simulate how life should be treated — with care. Gardening emphasizes the necessities of life to kids – water, sunlight, air, soil. Those necessities correspond to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, food. Weeding out the garden demonstrates how life goes smoother if you avoid bad influences.
Studies show that gardening can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group. It stimulates all five senses. Believe it or not, gardening is therapy to abused children or those who come from broken homes. It helps build one’s self-esteem.
4. Quality Time with the Family
You can forget about your stressful work life for a while and let the lovely ambience in the garden soothe you. You can play and spend quality time with your children. You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other. The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your child while mingling with them in your garden.
Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. One way to jumpstart that environmental education is through gardening. It’s hitting two birds with one stone — teach them to respect life while you bond with them