Summer is a great season for parents because you get to spend more time with your kids. They’re not in school anymore, so even if they spend a lot of time with their friends or hobbies, you’re still going to be seeing a lot more of them around the house. One way of making the most of your time with your kids is starting a new DIY project together. DIY projects are fun for most people because not only are you learning a new skill, but when you’re done you’re left with something that you can actually use, such as flowers or veggies.
A great hobby to take up with your kids this summer, especially if you have grade school kids, is gardening. Here are a few reasons why gardening is a perfect option for parents looking to bond with their children and stay busy this summer.
Planning out a garden can be a creative experiment. You can do research to find out which flowers or plants grow well next to each other, and then decide which ones you personally prefer based on color or style. In order to make your garden look a little more appealing, you can purchase or make ornaments or pieces of furniture to fill the empty spaces and create a the perfect happy place in your backyard. Make your garden a reflection of both you and your child’s personality and you’ll notice that you smile every time you walk by.
Something you might not realize about gardening is how beneficial it can be in teaching important life skills. Gardening requires care for other living things, precision and consistency, as well as patience. When we’re very young, we often get used to instant gratification, especially now in the age of video games and the internet. With gardening, there’s simply no way around the waiting game. You have to be consistent in taking care of your garden on a weekly if not daily basis, and then you wait for the results. When you finally see you garden starting to come to life, you and your kids will see how worth the wait it was. Seeing your hard work finally pay off can be incredibly gratifying and will teach your kids that persistence and patience will benefit them in the long run.
There are a lot of activities that you can do with your family that will help you bond, but gardening is truly one of the best. Speaking from experience, learning how to care for a garden tends to be a hobby that sticks with you through the years, and always fills you with warmth and good memories about the ones you learned it from.
Building something together is always a great way to bond with the people we love, and putting together a garden from start to finish is no exception. Watching your garden blossom into something beautiful that you know you built together, with your hands is a great experience that you’re sure to repeat time after time.