3 Valuable Life Lessons Children Can Learn From Gardening


| 5/17/2018 4:41:00 PM



Children can learn valuable life lessons by gardening. They can use these skills throughout their childhood and into their adult lives. Let's learn what these life lessons are.

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Life Cycle

In my beliefs, I think that if you give a child a plant of their own they will learn how delicate life is. They will take care of it by watering it and nurturing it. Often, they see plants grow into beautiful, healthy-to-eat vegetables that they can provide for their family. However sometimes due to weather, poor soil conditions, or neglect they will die.

This death will be heartbreaking, but it will teach them about death in the least heartbreaking way possible. Some time in their lives, they will have a family member pass away. Watching their plant shrivel away and die will prepare them for when they lose someone extremely close to them. It will help lessen their pain a little bit because they will understand that lives cannot go on forever. I believe that by gardening small children will learn about the grief process.

Responsibility

When they garden children learn responsibility. They realize that they provide their family with food if the plant fully develops. They also are responsible for checking it every day. If they neglect it, they will notice it being droopy and starting to die. They can fix their mistake by watering it as soon as they notice their error.



They will be responsible for homework, money, and even possibly a family when they grow up. Gardening allows them to gain a sense of responsibility beforehand. Even a small child can care for a plant and can begin around the age of three with a parent’s assistance. This is a great way for any child to learn responsibility.

Sheryl
5/24/2018 9:21:38 AM

I hadn't thought about the grieving concept associated with gardening as pointed out. This is an extremely helpful tip as I am developing a wholistic healing approach to overcoming substance abuse and I will add gardening to our list of meaningful activities for sobriety sustainability, if I may. Thank you so very much.