Childhood obesity in America is a real epidemic. Children are spending more time in front of the TV watching shows and playing video games. While kids are sitting in front of the TV, parents are spending time packing their schedule to the brim and being stressed out. Kids need to be outside playing, and parents need to slow the pace and remember to enjoy life. But how do we get back to the basics and stay active and healthy? The answer is Family Gardening.
Young kids want nothing more than quality time with parents. We often get caught up in our busy schedules. Between juggling work, homework and extra-curricular activities our schedules are usually jam-packed. Sometimes the stress of our busy schedules can seem overwhelming. I have found so much peace and happiness from planting and watching my family garden grow.
Planting a garden with the ones you love is more than just growing food, it can really be an enlightening experience.
Slow Down and Enjoy Life
When my husband took up gardening several years ago, I wasn’t sure I had the time or energy to get involved. I was so focused on my job and home responsibilities, I hardly ever found time to step foot outside. After being stressed to the max, I decided it was time to slow down and enjoy life with my family.
It took an extreme life experience to make me realize that you have to live for today, and enjoy every little moment.
Once I got through that experience, growing a garden with my family seemed like solace to me. At that point, I knew family gardening would change and enhance my life forever.
Return to Nature
I was suddenly reminded of how much fun it is to be outside and get my hands dirty. It was such an amazing moment to sit down with my kids and dig in the dirt.
Family gardening was instrumental in bringing me back to nature. It seems like such a simple thing, but to me it was life-changing. Being outside and becoming one with nature, nurturing plants while you’re nurturing your family. What could be better?
More than Growing a Garden
By taking the time to teach your kids about seeds and plants, you are doing so much more than teaching them how to grow a garden. You’re reminding them of how much you love them, and you’re teaching them family values and how to care for others.
When you go out and check on your garden with your kids, you’re teaching them to care for the earth and to grow plants while feeding their spirit. Ever since taking up family gardening, my family has grown closer. My kids are nicer to each other. We have learned to work as a team, and in life that’s the most important thing.
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