Do you plant a garden?
Have you ever tried your hand at growing your your own food?
There are so many reasons why it is important to teach our children to garden whether it be a large plot or simply a small container.
- As we plant a pot, or a plot, we can join in the beauty of creation. To turn the dirt, exposing the rich dark soil and the smell of earth, brings life to the senses in a way that nothing else can.
- Putting a seed or a young tender plant in the ground is so empowering to a young child and even to an adult. To nourish water and care for a plant gives a sense of responsibility, because if the plant is neglected, it will wither and die.
- A garden gives the opportunity to teach the value of work. Our kids were always expected to help prepare it, plant, weed, water, pick and even to help freeze or bottle food for the winter months.
- As a family works alongside each other,it naturally provides a wonderful time to talk, laugh, and even open the way for deep discussions about life.
- As the plant becomes strong and can bear fruit, we want our children to grow to become productive members of our family and society.
- As some plants and trees shed their leaves and fruit for the winter to rest and regain strength, we also do this during difficult phases of our life.
- Lastly, some plants do not survive the winter, just as many people pass on in the winter of their life. This principle can be addressed with compassion and explanation.
- Gloriously, spring comes with renewed hope as the tiny green leaves pop their head to the surface and the buds form on the trees.
Life is grand with blessings to enjoy and life lessons to teach, which is so easily done while growing flowers or a garden together.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow
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