How Gardening Develops Your Child’s Mental Growth

Gardening holds different values for different people. It’s more than just decorating a section of your house with plants and flowers. If you are wondering that it is about saving the environment, then you’re not completely right either. Gardening is all these and much more, including developing your child’s mental growth.

Home gardens are very easy to create and don’t require much space. From setting up pots at your balcony to just having a simple flower box on your window ledge, gardens vary in size.  Even in such little spaces, you can grow your vegetables and play your part in tackling climate change.

Now if you are wondering about the hassles of gardening tools and all that, have no fear. No one is asking you to plant over a plot of land. A simple container or a few flower pots will do the trick. Also, not many people have lawns if they are living in cities. Hence, having a backyard garden isn’t feasible or possible for a lot of people.

Therefore, in this article, we talk about a budget-friendly approach to gardening. You can not only grow your veggies and flowers but also help to accelerate your childrens’ mental growth in the process.

Gardening Teaches Responsibility

Gardening is a great way to teach responsibility to your children and thus, building their mental growth. This can work as an assignment for your children or a simple home task. Give them a box of flowering plants and tell them how to help it grow. Teach your child to water the plant at the appropriate times and also about fertilization.

Children are always eager to learn and can easily pick up lessons. You will not only convey lessons about nature but you will be nurturing your child while you’re at it.

Making mistakes is inevitable. At the first attempt, the child may be oblivious to the task and therefore, the plant may wither away. This is the perfect opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of routinely watering the plant, least they want it to survive.

Children hate failure, and chances are, in this second attempt, they will take the task more seriously. You will see how your child takes up the responsibility for the plant’s growth.

Wait for the look on your child’s face at the sight of the first bud or flower. Your child will feel a sense of accomplishment, and as a parent, seeing your child feel happy and successful at even the smallest achievements is wonderful.

Gardening Increases Self-Esteem

Once children have this sense of accomplishment, gardening will hugely give them a morale boost which is healthy for mental growth. This can be your opportunity to further teach them about gardening. For instance, you can teach them how to change the soil and use the necessary tools.

Instead of wasting time playing video games and watching TV, gardening can increase a child’s creativity. Compared to the bright screens and loud noises of modern entertainment, the colorful petals and plants will help your child to connect with nature. This is oddly relaxing as this allows the brain to be on the back seat and enjoy the essence of wildlife.

While the blaring sounds and brightness cause the brain to be hyperactive, nature acts as a soothing mechanism. While the brain rests, it indulges in other creative thoughts, and thus promotes a child’s mental growth. For instance, they may be more inclined towards drawing or writing, given the creative enhancement.

Moreover, remember the sense of accomplishment we were talking about? This too promotes that same feeling. As a result, the body releases the happy drug endorphins. This hormone also elevates a person’s self-esteem, making them feel elated.

Gardening Improves Relationships

This is one benefit of gardening that doesn’t get talked about enough. Gardening is a great way to connect with your children. How many people can say they learned gardening from their parents or their grandparents? We assure you, not many.

While you are teaching your children about the do’s and don’ts of gardening, you are spending a lot of time with them. This is the quality family time that you can hardly get otherwise.

At the sight of the first fruit or flower, you will see how eager your children are to share the news with you. Children might even provide you with daily updates of their gardens, perhaps how a bee hovered over a flower, or how many ants they saw on the plant.

At other times, when a plant dies, unfortunately, you will see your child upset. That is your cue to console them and thus be there by their side.

As grown-ups, we often forget how a child’s mind works. But having a mutual interest like a gardening project, helps you to connect with your child. Gardening thus forges a relationship between generations and for a child’s mental growth, they must share their feelings with a guardian.

Plus, you never know, you may just set a family tradition as your children might go on to teach theirs!

Gardening Improves Health

No, we are not talking about the supply of fresh air, fruits, and vegetables. Gardening has a lot of health benefits for children.

If an outdoor garden is taken into consideration, children get an ample supply of vitamin D. This would otherwise be impossible if they spent the majority of their time indoors.

But what about the children who have a small garden on their window ledge or balcony? Turns out they have a lot of health benefits too.

A lot of bacteria live in the soil, and constant exposure to these bacteria helps to develop a child’s immune system. Their body’s self-defense thus gets stronger. Moreover, working with tools and all the hard work of gardening is a good form of exercise. They help to strengthen their bones and make their muscles stronger.

As children get stronger, they learn to use their bodies better. They realize their limits and their growth potential. They also understand the full extent of their body use for purposes as well other than just gardening. But gardening was just the first step to getting thereby making them stronger. Thus, a child’s mental growth is ensured as a child learns the limits of their strength and versatility.

Final Words

If you wish to develop your child’s mental growth and also forge a healthy relationship with your child, start gardening. The smile on your child’s face after the first flower blooms, or the first vegetable grows, will be worth it.

 

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