Days of beautiful springtime weather are upon us. We begin to breathe a little deeper, closing our eyes and inhaling as much fresh air as possible…what an amazing feeling! Another great feeling is getting out of the house and doing something with your family, like working in the yard.
I know, your first thought is “what is great about that?” Well, how about working side-by-side with your kids to pick up limbs, rake leaves, mow the yard, clean flower beds and plant flowers. If you are not looking for a big task, just get plastic containers, fill them with potting soil, and plant a few tomato , onion or radish plants, a little “garden” so to speak. The time you spend working together, communicating and spending time in the sun is so rewarding for a parent and the child. You have their undivided attention doing something that does not involve an electronic device, and you get the health benefits of the fresh air and sunshine. Even if you can afford to have someone else do your yard work, you need to do this once and see the benefits firsthand. You could also volunteer to do yard work for a friend or neighbor that needs help. Setting an example for our kids is so important.
Our youngest daughters like working at the barn with their dad, building things out of materials laying around and tearing things down to take to the scrap yard (for spending money). They built a wire cage to put our empty aluminum cans in and a planter made out of a pallet to put herbs in (herbs that keep mosquitoes away). These are things, along with yard work, that they enjoy doing, and it teaches them responsibility of helping around the house and earning money for “extra” things they might want. All the time that they are working, they are visiting with dad about school, friends and life in general. There is always a lot of laughter involved, and nothing is sweeter than seeing your child happy and smiling.
Springtime is a great time to reconnect with your kids – get outside and enjoy them, Time passes quickly, and they are grown and gone. Work together to accomplish something around the house. Laugh together to remind you of the joy of having kids, of raising them and of knowing you are teaching them to be strong, independent and thankful. Count your blessings daily, and give thanks for time with your family!