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Family Gardens Teach More Than You Think They Do.

growthBefore I had all these boys, I imagined parents could simply tell children things and kids would take it to heart and internalize it. My boys quickly taught me that I was not in touch with reality. Kids don’t listen to parents; kids watch parents. If I want my kids to love something, I can’t tell them they should love it. I have to love it myself and let them see that love in action.

Planting

Helmets are great gardening accessory if you are two

 

The great thing about having a family garden is that it becomes a place where the family gathers and works together in a fun way. It has allowed the boys to learn how to take care of the earth. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right? A food garden of any size will instantly have them hooked. Plus, what child doesn’t love to play in the dirt and water?  (I mean, you might have a mountain of laundry as a result, but that’s another story for another day.)

The concepts of stewardship of the Earth and protecting the environment came naturally to our family thanks to our garden. We can’t expect to abuse something and get good results.

A garden is the ultimate living classroom that teaches you to reap what you sow. Beautiful flowers and delicious fruit and veggies come only if you provide proper care to the environment. A garden doesn’t necessarily need a tractor and a haystack so don’t worry if you’re an urban dweller. Container gardens and vertical gardens are perfect for balconies when space is limited.

There is something magical about planting a seed, caring for it, and watching your little green shoot grow into something beautiful. The concepts of cause and effect, sowing and reaping, and love of the Earth come naturally to children who are lucky enough to experience gardening. Thanks to our love of the environment, the boys are appalled when they see examples of people not caring for the Earth. I hope my boys become men who teach their children to love the environment and be wonderful stewards of the Earth!

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  • Seedlings 1 of 9
    Seedlings
  • Heirloom seeds are best! 2 of 9
    Heirloom seeds are best!
  • In the winter we bring some inside 3 of 9
    In the winter we bring some inside
  • Releasing a butterfly 4 of 9
    Releasing a butterfly
  • Butterflies for the garden 5 of 9
    Butterflies for the garden
  • Veggies 6 of 9
    Veggies
  • Just for fun you can see Catherine. 7 of 9
    Just for fun you can see Catherine.
  • My youngest ate blueberries as fast as I grew them. 8 of 9
    My youngest ate blueberries as fast as I grew them.
  • I grow my own photo props. 9 of 9
    I grow my own photo props.

Some times life hits a level of awesome that blows me away. The Lorax is now a movie and the movie actually was a big part of my conference, BlissDom, last weekend. All of this just blows my mind. Hello? Dr. Seuss at my party? Oh yes!

I’ll update y’all with fun pictures from the Lorax party soon, I wanted this check in to focus on my love of gardening and caring for the Earth. And, yes, it’s ok to laugh at me and my dorky dress and boots combination.

I would love to hear from you. Here are some ideas for things to talk to me about in the comments. Have fun!

  • Do you garden? (By garden, I mean everything from needing a tractor to containers on a patio in a highrise!)
  • Have you been able to instill a love of gardening in your kids’ hearts?
  • Why do you feel gardening is important?
  • Have you found gardening has helped your kids to have a love for the Earth and be better stewards?

A big thanks to Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax for sponsoring this campaign.  Click here to see more of the discussion.

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