Gardening for Kids – Six values that are reinforced when taking care of a ‘Plant Buddy’ (2/3)
“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith” – Billy Graham
In Part 1 of this series, we spoke about three important values that can be learnt when kids take care of plants – Patience, Planning and Ownership. Each of these forms the cornerstones of a strong and successful personality at adulthood.
Here are THREE more values that are reinforced when kids learn to take care of plants in the house: -
4. Composure – “The best intentions will not always lead to success”
Life is a roller coaster – full of ups and downs. Mistakes and errors are a part of life and help us learn quicker. Even if a child were to make a mistake over watering a plant or letting it receive too much sunlight, it can be fixed by properly caring for the plant.
This creates an environment where a child can learn from their mistakes without causing a lot of harm, unlike if they were taking care of a pet such as a dog or cat. And the ability to learn from their mistakes will be stepping stones to future success.
5. Hard work – “You reap what you sow”
As Prime Minister Modi famously said, “Hard work is more powerful than Harvard”. Similarly, there is merit to letting your child experience the joy of planting a sapling and taking care of it.
The feeling of tasting a fruit or vegetable grown in their own home is unparalleled and will make them appreciate the labor that goes into creating a healthy meal for them to enjoy everyday.
6. Empathy – “Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness”
Plants are not able to communicate with us the way other human beings or even pets can. They are silent guardians in your house, purifying your air and bringing joy with their dense, colorful foliage.
Teaching your kids to love your house plants and take care of them by providing water in timely internals is a small, but significant gesture.
It instills in your kids the value of nurturing and caring for someone outside themselves, without prompting. And the compassion and thoughtfulness this practice generates leads to mature, well-adjusted individuals.
In the third and final part of our series, we will cover a list of plants that your children will be delighted to take care of.
When will you be bringing a ‘Plant Buddy’ home to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews? Tell us in the comments below
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