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​Gardening Can Be Fun

Parents want their kids to know the value of work. However, in today’s society centered around technology, cell phones, and television, sometimes parents get creative. Some parents might be willing to get their child a pet so that they learn responsibility. However, sometimes adding a pet to the household is just impossible for various reasons, so parents need another way to teach these life lessons.

 

One way of doing this is allowing them to plant their very own vegetable garden. Please help your child or your children prepare a spot on your property and then allow them to plant the items of their choice. Take them to your local nursery to pick out the plants and seeds of the vegetables and or fruits that they want to have in their garden. Would you mind encouraging your children to regularly pick items that they enjoy eating or are a part of your family’s diet? They will have to weed the garden, water it, fertilize it and pick the items as they ripen.

It will teach your child or children that they will learn if they work hard and are responsible. Compare this to a job. If you work hard at your job, thenyou are rewarded with a paycheck at the end of the week. It could also lead you into teaching your child how to use the vegetables in the kitchen. One can wash, cut, and then cook with the vegetables. Just think how much pride your child would have in themselves, and you would work for them if they grew the vegetable, and then the family can enjoy them together at a meal.

If you wanted to teach children a money lesson, you could allow them to set up a small stand in your yard to sell the items from their garden. If you have a large spot of land for them to use, you could allow them to plant something like watermelons or pumpkins. Then when these are ready, your children or teen could sell these. Doing something like this teaches not only hard worker and responsibility but also some financial skills as well. Even if you cannot plant a garden outside, having your child take care of an indoor herb garden can help them learn valuable life skills.

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