How do you grow a plant and help it to flourish? What does it need? Well … sunlight, water, air … care and attention. If you want it to thrive you nurture it – give it nutrients, respond to its needs.
We have so much in common with plants.
I came across a beautiful quotation while researching this Edition:
‘Nobody sees the tree grow. All they see is when it’s big and beautiful. They don’t see it when it’s just a seed – when you’re watering it. You have got to stay behind your child and constantly support and water them. They’ll eventually grow to be something’. Ralph Ingram Sr.
Wise words. Our children are our little seedlings. We are striving to help them grow and thrive and we will often be found hovering behind them with a virtual watering can trying to respond to their needs. We want them to grow to be big strong trees.
This Edition GROW is a glorious mix of the different connotations of the word. We are actively encouraging you to get outside and embrace your outdoor space. But we are also looking to keep you growing and thriving as a family in other ways.
So why is the outdoors and gardening so good for us? As always, I have a list prepared:
- Fresh air. This is a no brainer. It wakes us up and revives us.
- Mental health. There is huge evidence that being outside and getting active in the garden boosts mental health and decreases anxiety for both children and grown-ups.
- Keeping active. Gardening is physical: loads of lifting, bending and digging. Watering cans are heavy!
- New skills. There is so much to learn outside: nature, wildlife, plants, the environment and a better understanding of where food comes from and how it is grown.
- Caring and nurturing: children get to invest in a project. It is a brilliant boost to their self- esteem and pride (and ours!) to see what they have grown.
- You can eat the food you grow. Freshly grown tomatoes and beans are bursting with nutrients and taste way better.
- Strengthen immunity. Getting hands dirty is a great immunity booster and being outside gives us a much-needed dose of Vitamin D.
- Working in the garden as a family is a rewarding opportunity for team building. Planning a little project and completing it together promotes communication skills.
- Get creative. There is so much scope for this.
- The senses. Being outside really brings your senses to the fore. What can you smell? Hear? Feel? Taste? See? Being outside is a great opportunity to be mindful with your children and take some time out.
It's not until you roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and lose yourself for a short time in the garden, that you begin to realise how healthy it is. There is huge fun to be had and a whole lot to learn.
But just as plants grow, so do we. The kids are doing most of the growing upwards, but we all have huge potential to keep growing and evolving within ourselves. None of us is fixed and set. As parents we may be more of a plant than a seedling, but we still need nourishment and care.
So in this bundle we are also encouraging you to grow as an individual and as a family. We feel most happy and fulfilled when we are achieving our goals and making progress. If we know each other’s goals and dreams within a family, we can help each other work towards them. Our vision board is a brilliant way of doing this and I really encourage you to give it a go and see how you grow.
Remember to keep watering each other and your garden and have an awesome time outside.