Gardening is a healthy outdoor activity that you can introduce to your kids and have your entire family join in on the fun. It helps you spend more quality time with each family member, most especially your kids, as you all prepare the earth for planting, select your flowers and vegetables, and then plant and harvest them. While your family works in the garden, your children will learn to share and work together. Furthermore, it lets them develop other skills that they can use in their future endeavors.
Today, most kids would rather spend their time sitting in front of their own televisions and playing computers than play outdoors. Based on a recent study, how kids perform in school is affected by their current fitness levels. This correlation has even been proven by public health institutes on other studies that they have conducted. Their studies have shown that a child can attain higher academic grades if their level of physical fitness is also higher. Such academic benefits were more visible on the math scores of the children. In addition, the studies have found that girls who had higher levels of fitness performed better in school than boys.
Do your kids consume daily the recommended amount of five servings of vegetables and fruits? Since time immemorial, people have known that vegetables and fruits are capable of providing the body its much-needed essential vitamins, fiber, and minerals that all help to keep one healthy. Based on nutrition survey research on a nationwide scale, consuming vegetables and fruits daily as per the recommended serving improved memory; reduced blood sugar levels; and decreased the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Thus, as early as now, it is a wise choice that you introduce gardening to your kids being both an outdoor and a healthy activity for them.
Here are some other benefits of gardening with your kids that you should know:
Improve their life and social skills: You can introduce some skills to your child that they can use on other aspects of their life that can benefit them in the long run. Gardening helps your children communicate better with each family member that they can also later on apply to other people as they build relationships with them. Gardening also aids in letting the child make wise decisions for themselves. You can have them practice on their decision-making skills starting with letting them do the choosing of vegetables, flowers, or plants they want to plant.
Teach them about science concepts: Gardening allows your child to learn some basic concepts of science such as photosynthesis. The best part about gardening is that they can really see for themselves how each scientific process affects the growth and health of their own plants.
Help them relax: Gardening is a relaxing activity not just for your kids but also for yourself. It lets one forget whatever is stressing them out and just spend a more relaxing time in the garden.
Allow them to be more concerned with their environment: Gardening helps your child realize how important taking care of the environment is. Taking care of the environment becomes a part of them as times goes by.
Spend more quality time with the entire family: Let your child realize the value of family quality time by letting them spend their time with all family members while you do gardening. This will have a positive impact on their life today and in the coming years.