Connecting with nature is very important for everyone. Especially for children. Studies show that while children play in the outdoors, many of the brain cells get stimulated and their mental health becomes sharper. Today parents are trying to make their children become a performer in many areas. More than a child who is taught several skill sets one after the other under a stressed environment, it would be the child who is allowed to play outdoors for long who will grow to be a balanced child. Children under undue stress stand a chance of getting depression, stress, imbalanced emotions and irresponsible behavior. There are many benefits your child will learn and gain from gardening. I would like to share one beautiful blog that I read recently. Sharing it with you below. Hope you will enjoy this.
“In recent years, gardening with children in schools has become more and more popular. But does taking kids outside and teaching them how to grow vegetables and how to weed really benefit them and teach them valuable life skills?
Here are three very good reasons why gardening is great for your children.
1: Cognitive Benefits
In a study by the Royal Horticultural Society it was found that gardening increases children’s alertness, concentration levels and can even help to prevent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Being able to react to change and solve problems in a creative way, thinking out-of-the-box is something that children unknowingly learn in the garden. These skills can be transferred into the classroom, and into their future too. By engaging in problem solving in the garden, a child can take this skill into their studies and eventually, into the workplace.
Whether they’ve been killed by weeds, they’ve not been looked after properly or they’re just out of season, plants and flowers do eventually die. This teaches your child that sometimes things just don’t work out, and that the best thing to do is to replant and try again. Again, this is a valuable and important life lesson that is learnt in a light-hearted way.
2: Physical Benefits
Along with increasing brain activity, there are many physical health benefits to gardening that can not only benefit your children, but benefit you too. Gardening is great for children and helps them grow, encouraging the body to build muscle volume and strength, making pulling up weeds fun!
There are no foods healthier for your children than organic fruit and vegetables grown in your own back garden, and although it might be a messy process for little hands and feet, it really is worth every muddy footprint to teach your children that food can be grown instead of being purchased from the supermarket. It’s a perfect way to get your kids on the path to a healthy diet.
A recent study also revealed that men who gardened were 62% less likely to be overweight, and women who gardened were 46% less likely to be obese. It has also been proven that performing a moderate-intensity level activity (such as gardening) for 2.5 hours each week can significantly reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
One hour of gardening, performing tasks such as digging, weeding and watering plants burns the same amount of calories as taking 10,000 steps or walking around five miles. So get digging!
3: Social Benefits
Thirdly, gardening increases and enhances children’s social skills.
Looking after a communal vegetable patch or flower bed with others gives children a sense of responsibility and team work – teaching them to take care of something if they want it to flourish. A sense of responsibility increases motivation to succeed and desire to put in the effort and team work to make it work. Again, this is something that can be taken into the classroom and the workplace.
Community gardening and gardening in schools is also a great opportunity for kids to meet and interact with different children in a fun and healthy way. In life, your child will meet many different people, so the ability to make friends and interact with different people from different backgrounds is a great skill to have.”
Personally we have seen how happy kids can get in a garden amidst trees and plants. To grow children who are balanced and to enable patients to get their balance even if they have some ailment or the other is the best we can do as caretakers. If you would like to know more how you can bring balance to your wards, do contact us.