Gardening teaches a lot about science, it’s true. But it’s also a lesson in patience, care, responsibility, and for young children, can even help develop fine and gross motor skills. An article in Psychology Today reports that “Time and again research reveals that gardening has a positive effect on our mental health.”
Gardening helps clear our minds with its seemingly simple, mindless tasks; it connects us to nature and other living things, and it helps us become nurturers. These are all excellent skills for a child to learn, and prove that gardening can have positive benefits on a child’s emotional health — not just their physical health.
When you garden with your young one, you’re also both benefiting from the experience in an emotional way, simply through connecting. Sharing in common interests, spending time together, being outdoors — all of these things help strengthen our connections.
As a final point (though our kids’ dentists are sure there are countless other gardening benefits out there), so many parents are concerned about too much screen time (and for good reason). Gardening is an activity that’s not only enjoyable, but it’s outside and away from the TVs and the tablets. This provides enriching opportunities for a child’s summer vacation, and it’s an activity that kids will remember for years to come.
In our next blog, we’ll continue with how you can set up your garden so that you’re fully prepped and ready for summer. Stay tuned, and make an appointment with the kids’ dentists at Thornton Kids Dentistry to help your child’s oral health be at its very best.