True gardening lovers know that gardening impacts our lives in many positive ways. It improves our mental state and our health, it helps us stay in shape, it is a good way to spend some family time together and so on and so on. However, few people know that its positive impact on children is even bigger. Parents are aware that the earlier they start helping their child develop, the better, but they rarely think of gardening as a way to do that. The greatest positive impacts, which gardening has on your child and some tips on how to achieve them, find in the following lines.
- Positive impact on your child’s body
Nowadays, kids tend to stay at home and play video games instead of going out and enjoying the nature. Therefore, they could benefit from some physical activity in the garden. A very hot summer day is the perfect time for some digging in the dirt, pushing a wheelbarrow, carrying a heavy watering can, moving soil and so on. This will increase the overall strength of the body and make it more fit.
On the other hand, the fruits and vegetables that the kids have grown by themselves and therefore are a lot more inspired to eat will definitely have a positive effect on the body. However, what’s even more important here has to do with the “hygiene hypothesis”. According to it the lack of childhood exposure to germs increases the child’s susceptibility to diseases by suppressing the development of the immune system. Тhus, diseases like allergies, asthma and autoimmune conditions are much more likely to appear. Whether or not you support that theory, children absolutely adore getting their hands and feet in the dirt. Therefore, it’s a good idea to encourage them to do it in the garden, because that might strengthen the child’s immunity and overall health.
- Positive impact on your child’s mind
While gardening your kids can learn so much. Start encouraging their eagerness to learn by discussing topics like: How do the plants absorb water? Or why do they need sun? Before you know it you’ll be talking about photosynthesis and maybe even global warming. You can add some math to the equation by calculating how much water and fertilizer they will need, measuring their weekly growth or by counting the flowers on each plant. Probably you don’t know this, but there are studies, which prove that kids who participated in gardening projects score higher in science achievement than those who did not.
As well as this direct approach, think also about all the minerals, phytonutrients and brain-building vitamins, which your kids will be eating once you harvest your produce. Some foods can give kids an advantage in their development as they are known to help with cognitive function. Such foods are garlic, beets, spinach and many others. Even if your kids are claiming that they don’t like them, they still will be eager to at least taste them because they come from their own making.
- Overall positive impact
Some families are very persistent that they should get together every evening and dinner together. I say that every family has the right to make its own rules. You can choose to spend your family time in the garden. And what better way there is? Nowadays, we are suffocated by electronic devices and the garden can be a great place to get rid of them and spend some time for meaningful family connection. As for your child, the time spent this way promotes communication and team building skills. Аs well as that, planting seeds, taking care of them and watching them grow give children a sense of purpose and responsibility. It teaches them mindfulness, patience, gratefulness and appreciation.
About the author:
My name is Jane Clarke. I’m working as a Content Writer for Fantastic Services Australia. You can check our facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/FantasticServicesAustralia/. I also manage the Fantastic Gardening Sydney site – https://www.fantasticgardeningsydney.com.au/. I love writing, gardening and travelling. I adore the ocean, good music and of course, my two children.