As a parent I think most parents may struggle to find effective ways to help children understand the responsibility, cooperation, care for the environment and the cycle of life…. oh dear that conversation with Beth will forever haunt me! However, gardening with your children is a great way to educate them about these core values and its lots of fun too.
It goes without saying that responsibility is one of the most difficult values to instil in your children. Through gardening though, it can be explained to them very simply. A garden has to be planted, cared for and maintained with regular weeding, watering and feeding. Naturally, this takes some commitment and a great deal of responsibility. So involving your kids in each of these processes is a great way to inspire them to appreciate the value in taking responsibility in life.
Most children seem to have a natural ability to work together as a team. But not all do. Therefore, providing a fun and purposeful task in the garden (such as erecting a new Garden Store Direct greenhouse) By making them a part of any gardening project, you can encourage them to take an active role in working together or even with you (ideal for turn taking and sharing with toddlers!)
Care for the Environment
In terms of gardening, the use of pesticides for example, is a hot topic. By encouraging organic gardening, you’ll help your children to understand the value of gardening without chemicals. What’s more, because organic gardening takes time and care, you’ll also help them to appreciate the fact that good things are worth working hard for.
The Cycle of Life
A garden can provide the perfect setting for metaphors about the cycle of life. Through the crops in your garden, you can have conversations about birth, growth and death – something that some parents will struggle to achieve in a way that makes sense to their children. What could be more valuable?
Helping Your Children to Grow
Educating your children about the important values and processes in life is always going to be difficult. But by involving them in a host of different gardening projects, you can in fact begin to tackle some of the big questions and help them to grow as little people…. and who knows maybe our sunflowers will actually grow this year!
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