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7 Super Reasons Your Kids Should be Gardening

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It’s important that your kids lead a healthy life.

But there seems to be a lot of problems in today’s world. They suffer from stress, obesity, and a lack of nutrients in their body. And they don’t get to spend as much time with family.

You want to help them but don’t know how. There must be some way to get them moving about while keeping it interesting.

That’s where gardening can help your kids get the activity they need. Improve their learning skills. And increase bonding with the family.

Let’s look at the 7 super reasons how gardening can help your kids.

1. Helps kids get quality family time

It’s a busy world out there.

Parents are busy at work and kids are busy at school. There’s hardly time for us to spend time with each other.

That’s why we search for things to do in common. Maybe it’s to watch TV or eat dinner together.

But gardening can give you a better way. It helps you bond with your kids. You can make it fun by planning activities together.

This could be things like planting seeds, weeding the plants, or harvesting the fruits and vegetables.

2. Helps kids learn to solve problems

Life has its ups and downs. Having problems is part of the journey.

The important thing is to face them and try to solve them in a positive manner. And gardening can help kids learn this skill.

It presents small problems that need innovative solutions which improve kids problem-solving skills.

These could be simple things like getting rid of weeds, staking top-heavy plants, or adding compost to improve the soil.

3. Help reduce stress in kids

Kids today have a lot of stress may be due to modern education.

Gardening can help them calm their mind. They can be alone and feel at peace when working in the garden.

This will also help them as they grow into adults and need to deal with the stress of adult life.

Gardening can help trigger positive emotions in the kids and help them deal with depression and anxiety.

4. Helps kids gain confidence

The best way to achieve confidence in life is to set some goals and achieve them.

Gardening helps kids set goals to grow their own food. They work from starting plants to harvesting the fruits and vegetables.

This gives them a boost of confidence they can do anything in life that they set their minds to.

It teaches them to be patient and responsible for achieving things in their life.

5. Helps educate the kids

Gardening helps kids learn about planning and reasoning. They need to plan the garden from planting seeds to harvesting.

You can help them ask the right questions to improve their analytical skills. These could be questions like which soil is the right one, how much sunlight is needed for the plant, how much water, etc.

Kids can improve their math skills with gardening. They need to figure out the rainfall in the garden, plant growth, number of fruits and vegetables.

Gardening also helps them learn about science and botany. They learn how to grow plants, what are the insects, birds, and animals visiting their garden, and the weather patterns.

6. Helps kids enjoy healthy foods

Kids today suffer from a lot of health problems. And junk foods are a primary reason for this.

Kids don’t enjoy eating mass-produced vegetables. And you can’t blame them because they don’t taste good.

The mass-produced vegetables are made to last longer in transport and protection from pests and diseases. The problem is this process results in the loss of flavor.

Kids growing their own food means they get to eat the most flavorful vegetables. They enjoy the process of growing food from seed to harvest.

They get emotionally invested in the process of growing food. And they learn to enjoy the fruits and vegetables that they grow.

This helps them get the required vitamins, minerals, and fiber. And protects them from illness such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer.

7. Helps kids get good exercise

Obesity is a problem with kids today with a lack of exercise. That’s where gardening can help them.

It helps them move around the garden and get in some sunlight. They spend time planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. Such activities help them burn calories and work out their muscles.

Working with the soil helps boost their immune system and protect them from asthma and autoimmune diseases.

 

Now you know how gardening can help your kids become healthier in mind, body, and spirit.

It’s an activity that the family can enjoy together which teaches the kids and makes them healthy.

It’s time to take that first step and help your kids start their own garden. They’ll thank you for it.

Kevin Rodrigues is the founder of gardeningmentor.com. He’s a software developer that wants to transition into a full-time gardener. He plans to grow an organic...

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