Apparently, we can see how nature is treated these days. It is a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention to the environment so much anymore. What can we do about this? It’s as simple as starting with the children.
It is good to see the children’s involvement with environment-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could easily get involved in, is gardening.
Why should you consider gardening for your children?
In planting, children are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plant’s life cycle and how a human’s intervention can break or make the environment. They can have firsthand experience on the miracle of life through a seed. This could definitely be a new and enjoyable experience for the 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 could actually help simulate how life should be treated (with care).
The necessities to live will be emphasized with the help of gardening (water, sunlight, air, soil). Those necessities could correspond to human necessities (i.e., water, shelter, air, food). By simply weeding out, one could educate how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life smoothly.
Studies show that gardening can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group. More so, it stimulates all the five senses.
Believe it or not, gardening may be used as therapy to children who have been abused or those who are members of broken homes. It helps build one’s self-esteem.
- Quality Time with the Family
You can forget about your stressful work life for a while – be soothed by the lovely ambience in the garden. 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 with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your children while mingling with them in your garden.
Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. One way to jumpstart that environmental education could be through gardening. It’s hitting two birds with one stone (not literally!) – teach them to respect life while you bond with them.
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