Gardening can teach us more than just about nature

I started gardening on our balcony about 3 months ago. First, I thought Hina can learn about nature from it. But it was more than that.

We can learn about raising children as well. I’d like to share my learnings from gardening.

This is a tomato plant. This plant grows slow compared to other tomatoes.

Other ones are tall enough to have fruits. Can you see tall plants? They are tomatoes. And I planted the seeds at the same time.

The shortest tomato went through hardship such as being eaten by birds, and it looked like it was about to die. But I kept watering it, thinking that it might have strength to recover by itself. Regardless of whether it would die or not, I thought it was not me who decides to finish it.

Then it started to have more leaves.

Children do what they love and they can hear their internal voices better than adults. But sometimes, adults think that this child is not good at this or they are not talented enough to do what they love. But children can find it by themselves, and it’s them to decide whether they want to pursue it.

Maybe we, adults are too much in a hurry to see “the results”, believing that they can predict a future better than children.

Author:

Engineer -> Post graduate -> Educator -> Full-time Mother. University lecturer of a local university in Cambodia since 2015. She has chosen unschooling education style for her daughter. 2015年10月より、カンボジアで大学教師に。娘の教育はアンスクールングと呼ばれるスタイルで。

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