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Gardening Increases Self-Confidence in Youth

succelents and other plants ready to be plantedConfidence plays a crucial role in youth development.  Kids with low self-confidence are more likely to drop out of school, experience depression, succumb to peer pressure and not have friends.  As a parent, you can help your child build self-confidence by providing a safe environment for your child to fail or succeed.  One such place is a home garden!

cartoon version of youth and raised bedsWhether it be starting flowering plants in the yard or growing vegetables in the garden, it requires dedication, responsibility, and patience before you and your child witness the results of their hard work.  However, these results can contribute to your child will witness the results of their hard work.  However, these results can contribute to your child having a sense of accomplishment, success, pride achievements which will help your child feel more self-confident.

container gardening basicsYounger children especially enjoy planting seeds.  When a child plants seeds, cares for them and they sprout, they often feel they have performed magic or they have special powers.  Older youth tend to feel more successful when they are able to harvest their crops for food or when they see the results of their plants enhancing landscape while in full bloom.

Regardless of your child’s age, gardening may be just the activity he or she needs that allows them the opportunity to start a project and literally see the fruits of their labor.  This will lead to them having a sense of worth, pride and help develop confidence in themselves that is needed to face future challenges and negative temptations.

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