One of the things we’re constantly worried about as parents is how to promote healthy habits in our children. We don’t want them to smoke, binge on alcohol or do anything that could harm their health in the future. We don’t want our kids to grow up sedentary and we want them to remain as active as possible. Sadly, it’s hard for some of us to convince our children to go out to see their friends when they can easily sit at a computer and play online video games with them, or converse with their entire school through Facebook.  It’s difficult to convince them to get active and it doesn’t help when we try to force them to do something they don’t want.

That’s why it’s easier to build those habits into them from an early age. As soon as your child becomes a toddler, it’s time to start introducing those healthy habits. Here are just a few ways to use your garden in order to do so!

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Teach them to Appreciate Green Living

Something that’s becoming popular is green living. The idea that we’re slowly killing our planet is a scary one and many children like to help. They’ll do anything they can to save the world in their own way. So in order to take advantage of that, why not teach your children to appreciate green living using your garden?

Instead of going out to the store and buying vegetables all the time, why not grow some from home? You can teach your children to grow their own produce even if you have a small farm in the backyard. If you don’t have much space, then an indoor planter can also work. It takes a bit of effort to start up your own garden, but it’s worth the effort to teach your children the values of green and sustainable living.

Teach them to Value Nature

With a simple bird feeder, you’ll be able to attract birds for a relaxing and calming session of birdwatching. You could take it a step further and even install a pond in your backyard if you want a place to keep fish and which are great to teach your child about nature. A bird feeder doesn’t take much maintenance, but installing a pond can be expensive and will require accessories like a pond pump and pond liners. You’ll also need to feed any fish you keep in the pond and look after the plants all throughout the season.

You can also teach them to value nature by getting them involved with growing new trees and plants. Show them how much care is required for them grow and how they contribute to the environment in more ways than just beauty. This teaches your children the value of responsibility and how even the smallest things need to be taken care of. By teaching your children about responsibility from an early age, you prepare them for the future and teach them good habits that will take them far in life.