Getting your children to eat healthy food is a task we parents have to endure every day. The dinner table fights, threats, and arguments that happen as a part of the daily routine can be tackled. You’d ask me how. Start gardening with your children and engage them in the process of growing their own food.
Gardening with your child gives you some bonding time, time to indulge in some talks that we ordinarily do not get. And children get to go outdoors and be in the laps of the Mother Nature and more importantly, away from the gadgets and technology.
Why engage them in gardening
When children engage in the process of growing food either in the backyard or terrace gardens or even community gardens, they learn to value the food served on the table and will not be able to waste it. They know the effort that has been put in order to grow those veggies and fruits.
They eat healthily
Children start eating healthier. Half the fun is to consume what they have helped in growing. Thus, they eat fresh greens and fruits rather than the store packed ones. The colour, taste, and quality are top notch and invigorating of the fresh produce. Studies have revealed that when parents and children engage in the gardening activities, the children show an increased interest in the food making process too in the kitchen. Children also get the hands-on experience of how food is grown right from the beginning.
They get ample exercise
Have you ever spent an afternoon outing the gardens? Then I’m sure you would have found time flying and muscles sore the next morning. Yes, gardening is a physical exercise. All the digging, raking and turning compost work on the various muscles and burning up to 200 calories per session.
A sense of confidence
The children are engaged in the process of growing food from the scratch and to see something take root and grow, give the children a sense of achievement there by increasing their confidence. And as parents, we all know how important that confidence is, in our children. Engaging them in gardening also increases their level of competence, as they engage in an activity that was perceived to be reserved for the elders only.
Gardening helps in relaxing and children need to relax after a hectic day at school or after the exams. Being in the gardens help them breathe in fresh air and learn to relax on their own.
If you are planning to start the gardening activity with your child, take a few minutes to know the whys and how’s of the task.
Gardening can be fun when shared and the efforts taken to nurture and produce the food stuff gives a sense of achievement and has a major impact on their food choices. Studies have proved that when children start gardening, they prefer fruits and raw vegetables for snacks rather than junk. Isn’t this something we all moms are looking for? If yes, then get going to engage your child in gardening and bond with him /her.