Every day in the garden with my little man is like a new adventure.
What flower will he bend to smell today?
How much dirt will he swallow today?
Which flower will be pick for me today?
Which flowers will get over-watered today?
And I love every minute of it (except when he plucks my flower buds — the kid has a keen eye!). I want him to explore all the garden has to offer with little inhibitions.
I point and say “Flowers” and he says “Mmmmm” as if that’s what flowers say, much like when I say “Lion” he roars.
I ask “Can you see the tree?” He points and says “Tee.”
It’s our game. Our time together. My way of teaching and connecting with my son how I know best. Our mommy and son dates are day trips to the garden centers searching for the prettiest plants.
He’s already quite the gentleman, insisting on carrying my flowers.
Demanding to push the wagon filled with cut grasses.
Yesterday I asked him to help carry flowers from the front yard to the back. It was a ploy, hoping to keep him in sight and maybe he’d grab the edge of the container I was carrying. When he didn’t come readily, I paused and turned to find him dragging a flat of annuals down our small, sloped sideyard.
Never was I more proud.
I immediately smothered his face with kisses and words of praise.
He’s only 17 months old, learning about nature and becoming a fine young man all at the same time.
Are you gardening with your kidlets? If you’re not sure how or where to start…..I suggest you let them play in the dirt. When I was young, I could barely scrape the dirt from my fingers and my peanut butter and jelly sandwich never tasted better. Let them hold a squiggly worm (we did that last week). Or let them pick out the flowers for your container garden. Anything to peak their interest. Click here for some great suggestions from Simple Mom how to “Let Your Kids Get Dirty.”