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A Flower Garden is my favorite part of Spring and Summer! There is just something about Flowers and gardening that makes me HAPPY!
I would have to say that gardening is my HOBBY. It is my go to therapy when I’m down. So, I have a Flower Garden and a Vegetable Garden every year.
Hobbies benefit children in many ways too. They give a child ways to discover themselves and build self-esteem.
Hobbies can also be great educational tools for children. For example- A child interested in rock collecting learns about geology and science, and having a hobby in writing stories helps a child learn about sentence structure and proper grammar.
Hobbies teach children to set and achieve goals, solve problems and make decisions. They can also set the course for what your child becomes later in life as they often turn into lifelong interests or careers.
Children who have hobbies are usually following in their parent’s footsteps, so set a good example by pursuing your own hobby.
And, since my hobby is having a Flower Garden I thought this would be a perfect time to show my little ones the amazing part of growing things!
-I started by showing my children how each flower seed has a different shape, size, and color. We made A chart! Just a simple handwritten chart. This would be a great resource as well HERE.
-Then we picked out a container to start the seeds in. We planted and watered the flower seeds. We labeled each container so we would not forget which flower was in each pot. We used something like THIS.
– Our veggies we started the same way as our flowers but they will be transferred to our veggie garden when each plant is ready. Read this post about Seed Starting with Children.
Another great part is that after the planting is done you still have to spend a few hours a week tending to this new hobby. You will need to water and pick out weeds so this really gives you time to spend to show your child the value of hard work.
Tips for encouraging your child to be interested in your own hobby.
-Read about your Hobby and help your children learn about it before they try it out! Here is a list of Children’s Garden Books!
-Be available to your child to provide guidance, support, and encouragement. This is a great time to teach your child strong work habits, such as following directions closely, setting goals, and proper planning and organization. Show them that nothing worthwhile is ever easy, especially when they begin to become frustrated with their progress.
-It’s also a good time to teach them about personal responsibility and show them how important it is to properly care for their work area and their ‘tools of the trade.’
Children will be more encouraged to work on their hobbies if they are having fun. So, make sure whatever hobby you want your child to take up you make it fun for them!
Hobbies are rewarding and enriching parts of our lives, so encourage your child to explore his or her own interests and find a hobby of their very own.
What are some ideas you have to start a Flower Garden Hobby with your Child?
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