Kids were more active 20 years ago right? Unless your child is involved in an extracurricular sport, they’re probably less active than they should be. Sitting for hours on the couch watching direct.tv or playing video games have replaced playing tag in the yard which results in a good share of teenagers being sedentary and often obese.

Gardening is a great way for you to get out of the house, for your children to get out of the house and for all to reap the benefits from a bountiful harvest.

Gardening is one of those things that seems like a lot of work but pays dividends in so many ways. There are periods of the gardening process that are hard work and often feel like exercise masked as a torturous event. Hauling water from one place to the next can be hard work when it’s 100 degrees outside and bending over to plant something or pull a weed might seem like back breaking work but in all reality is truly exercise.

There is something to be said about reaping the benefits of your hard work. A teenager that learns how to plant and nourish a garden is garnering quality life skills. They see the fruits of their hard labor from start to finish, and reap the benefits with fresh quality produce that they are ultimately responsible for.

Couple of hints to get the kids in motion:

1.    Plant some things they like! Find something your kids like and then capitalize on it. Planting spinach won’t do anyone any good if your kids can’t stand spinach, but planting cucumbers will be a good thing if your kids really like cucumbers.

2.    Be consistent! If the kids are having trouble nurturing their little garden set some ground rules. Watering on Tuesday and Saturday and no television until they get the garden weeded might be a good start.

Most importantly have fun with it.