Do you garden? Do you get the whole family involved in garden? If you’re not gardening as a family, then you are missing a chance at helping make those family mealtimes happen – and you are missing out on so much more, too. The family that gardens together eats together and saves money together.
Here’s why gardening as a family helps make mealtime true family time.
If you have a picky eater who won’t eat his (or her) fruits and vegetables, then start showing him where it comes from. Let him pick seeds to plant and then plant them. Maybe a different variety of a particular vegetable would appeal more. Water them, tend to them, weed them, and watch them grow. Give him the responsibility of taking care of the garden. Once he sees where a plant comes from he’ll be more willing to try it. Once he has the pride of working to grow something, he will want to show off what he did to everyone and try it out for himself to see what he created with his own hands.
Slice it up and cook it together. Make a yummy vegetable pizza out of the vegetables you just grew in your garden. Let your child help cut up the vegetables and put the vegetables on the pizza. Grow tomatoes and make a nice homemade tomato sauce together to put on your homemade pizza. Put it in the oven and then sit down as a family to eat what your child created from start to finish. Straight from the garden to the table is the best way to do it.
A child who not only grew the yummy vegetables that went into the meal that your family eats, but then also helped cook it, will grow his self-esteem as big as the garden he has created with you. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction you receive of knowing that you provided delicious food for your family from start to finish.
There are so many health benefits to gardening together too. Not only are you eating more healthy fruits and vegetables, but getting out in the sun and working in the garden is also great exercise. All things that will help you live longer. You can entice your child to put down the electronics and get outdoors by saying, “Let’s go outside and dig in the dirt.” He’ll love it.
All this time spent together creates memories with your child. These will be special moments you’ll never forget. Your child won’t forget either. You are creating childhood moments that will last a lifetime, and traditions that your child likely won’t outgrow. He will learn great skills which will last him his entire life. From gardening, to eating healthy foods, to preparing his own meals, he will be well-rounded. Not to mention all the opportunities to talk about what’s happening in his life. Gardening together, cooking together, and eating together are all moments to communicate together.
So all in all, gardening together will not only lead to eating together, but also cooking together and communicating together. The health and emotional benefits of gardening together and eating together never end.