Care » Patience » Responsibility
The seed section is one of my favorite areas in my local home improvement store. Sealed in dainty packets, the gorgeous pictures represent the promise of what the seeds can become given patience and the right conditions. Whether it’s a juicy beef steak tomato or a brilliant bunch of sunflowers, as a consumer you desire creating what the picture represents.
A week later, remembering his strawberries, he returned to the patch in our backyard, frowned, and sadly asked,
“Where are my strawberries?”
In reviewing the essentials of gardening that we had discussed in the car, I inquired whether he had watered the seeds. Unfortunately, this step was overlooked and the seeds were not able to absorb the hydration that they needed to sprout.
Gardening with kids is a fantastic opportunity to teach them numerous lessons. First and foremost, about healthy food grown with love and care. However, as listed below, it’s often the intangible lessons like care, patience and responsibility that kids benefit most from.
As my six-year old son learned, his strawberries didn’t survive due to lack of water. When kids garden and have expectations that their beloved seeds will flourish, they need to remember to demonstrate care and attention to their seeds. Watering and planting seeds in good soil with appropriate sun exposure are ways that young gardeners can show TLC to their fragile seeds.
The growth of fruits and vegetables cannot be rushed. Once everything has been planted, the only option available is to wait. Patience can be hard for everyone, regardless of age. Gardening teaches young people how to be comfortable with waiting.
The tools of a trade are essential components to the success of a project. Gardening gloves, shovels, rakes, dowels, etc. are all part of a gardener’s tool box. Young gardeners learn responsibility when they take good care of their tools and return them to their proper place for use with future projects.
Juliana Parker is a proud mom of 3 boys, wife, and Certified Career Counselor. In her free time she loves spending time outdoors with her family.