We live in an Instant Society:
- Microwaves can heat our meals in minutes
- On demand TV
- Instant Messaging
- Google for answers in microseconds
- 24hr shops
- Next day delivery
When I was younger it was a bit different ... and we were used to waiting for things. Today's children so often do not need to wait which is why I believe gardening is such a good activity for them.
- It teaches patience and good things come to those who wait.
- Vegetable gardening shows children where food comes from - it may also help fussy eaters to enjoy their greens (and reds and yellows ...)
- Children learn that for something to grow and thrive they must care for it each and every day.
- They can see that dirt isn't actually a bad thing and in fact their dinner might be growing in it.
- Contact with Nature is believed to have positive mental benefits and helps to prevent what is now termed Nature Deficit Disorder.
- Time away from the TV or computer in something active is great for physical health.
So will you be getting your children growing something this year? We'd love to hear about it. Or can you think of any more reasons why our children should be out there gardening?
|Ben and Tom pumpkin harvesting|