With spring finally here, there’s a lot to do out in the garden — leaves to clear off the flower beds, roses to prune, perennials to relocate and early annuals to plant, of course. It’s a wondrous time to share with your children, but it can be a tough one too, trying to figure out how to occupy them while you’re busy getting your hands dirty. It might be tempting to just put on the TV, or let your partner take them out for a while, but then you’d be missing out on an ideal opportunity to demonstrate both stewardship of nature and love for the great outdoors. And the work will go a lot faster — and be more fun! — with more hands involved.
So don’t think of gardening and parenting as separate activities. Get your kids in on the garden work too! Kids love chores, or they will if they feel you value their work, and if you give them real work that needs to be done. Here are seven suggestions of how even the tiniest of hands can help in the garden, and have a good time while they’re at it.
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