Why we need to inculcate gardening as a hobby in your child

Kids have become extremely busy with their studies these days. The long hours of school followed by homework, projects, and assignments do not leave them enough time to unwind. And with the amount of pressure on their tiny shoulders to get everything done, they are slowly losing their childhood.

And we as parents must give them a chance to de-stress and relax. Child experts say that hobbies, when inculcated at an early age, are a great way to relax. They take the mind off the normal stressful thoughts and help recharge by bringing in feelings of happiness and purpose.

Even though there are an incredible number of hobbies to choose from, gardening is one of the most popular ones. Let’s be honest, having an outdoor hobby like gardening is a much better alternative than handing over gadgets like tablets, phones, and video games. These gadgets though might seem handy at the time but have dangerous long term implications.

Here is why gardening is a good hobby for your child:

Fun activity:

The reason gardening is a favorite is because kids of all ages love dirt, mud, and water. They love the mess. And we love looking at them play in the mess until it’s time for clean up. Even though it might seem like quite a lot of work to garden with them, once they get the hang of it, they will do it by themselves.

Bonding activity:

As parents, the opportunities to bond with your children are decreasing owing to the ever growing differences between generations. But gardening can be something that you and your child can do together. It is quite alright if you don’t know anything about gardening because then you and your children can learn about it together. You can buy books and refer the internet to learn how to garden the right way. You can go and buy the supplies together and let it be a growing experience for both of you.

 Learn about nature:

Gardening is also a great way to get in touch with Mother Nature. While working in the garden, kids will learn to appreciate nature and the efforts that are put into sustaining life. Being naturally curious, kids will enjoy the process of seeing a plant grow from a small seed into a sapling and then into a full grown plant.

 Academic science:

Kids will also learn about the various types of soil, growth requirements of plants, types of plants, insects, bugs, and butterflies etc. This will allow practical learning. When they learn about these things hands on, they will never forget them. This will also add to their studies, especially in the subject of science. Growing plants with their own hands will teach them about experimentation as well.

academic-scienceImportance of environmental preservation:

Gardening and helping plants grow will teach them the importance of preserving the environment and the need to plant more trees. It will teach them the role of trees and plants in the biosystem and what their decrease is doing to the biosphere. This is of vital importance as our planet is already suffering from the consequences of deforestation and pollution.

Positive psychological effects:

Studies have shown that kids who garden are generally happier and have greater concentration skills, sharpened observational skills and are better at being organized. Gardening also instills patience in kids and is very useful in reducing aggression and distraction in kids. It also helps in inculcating a sense of pride and achievement which is good for the overall development of their personalities.

child-gardeningEncourages healthy eating:

It also introduces them to the concept of healthy growth of plants and consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables especially the ones they’ve grown on their own. There have been reports which state that kids who are involved in gardening are healthy eaters and love eating the produce they have grown.

Gardening is a good outdoor activity and can involve the entire family. It is very useful to help your kids relax and calm down. It helps them in developing a positive nature and is useful to keep them from being couch potatoes.