And Now It’s Spring
The grass is green across the hill,
But yellow blooms the daffodil.
It’s sunshine on a little stalk,
A friendly flower, I bet they talk…
Of little kids, too long inside
They burst outdoors to play and hide.
Tracking mud and bringing bugs.
Look, there’s footprints on the rug!
Waking from our Winter slumber
I’m slowly emerging from my Winter hibernation, ready to uncoil, stretch my arms out wide and breathe in some fresh air. The Winter has been long and bitter but thankfully not as stunting as it could have been if we had had more snow. For that I am grateful.
Last week saw our first (premature) period of glorious sunshine – it lulled us in to a false sense of security. We were out in our t-shirts and sandals, clearing the garden, cleaning the garden furniture and in ‘Holiday Mode’.
There is nothing like a bit of sunshine to make us crave a beach holiday is there? Holiday bookings must have been skyrocketing last week.
Turns out that Winter is not over yet and we were just over eager.
But come March 20th Spring will officially begin, bringing with it longer days, shorter nights, warmer weather, and the revival of plant life giving our gardens back the colour they deserve.
What is there to look forward to?
If you are anything like me then you’ll love the freedom Spring time brings. You can finally open those windows and get some fresh air blowing through the house. You can start your planting in the garden, get some home grown veg underway. You can start hanging out your washing on the line – enjoying fresh sheets at bedtime. The kids can blow their cobwebs away by running riot in the garden. You could even get the kids involved in the planting this year – teach them when they’re young and hopefully it will be something they take with them into adulthood.
There’s a simple pleasure in planting seeds and watching them grow until they can be picked and eaten.
Cherry tomatoes, radishes, potatoes or strawberries. All are easy to tend to and fun for the kids to join in with.
Getting the family involved
Teaching our kids that there is fun to be had away from tech is so important right now. Staring at a screen for long periods of time can cause eye strain, dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches.
Over excessive screen time can also cause problems in learning and development. Studies have shown that it is linked to delays in cognitive, language, and social emotional skills in young children.
The older children get, the more they like to exercise their own rights to decide how they spend their time. However as we all know, getting outdoors and understanding how and where our food comes from is necessary, as well as teaching them respect for the world, patience and new skills, and some much needed fresh air and time away from screens.
There are two main categories that our home gardens usually fall into, food or flowers. Part of the joy of choosing to grow vegetables at home is getting to eat the fruits of your labour as the end result. The kids will be so proud and excited about contributing towards tea, and the adults get to enjoy eating super fresh produce, making them feel healthier immediately. It’s a win win.
Getting outside and playing is also brilliant for helping children practise their physical abilities. Physical activities such as running, jumping, skipping and playing ball games strengthen little muscles, and help with gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and overall health and well being.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
Positives to getting outdoors
Environmental psychologists have conducted many studies in to individuals and their surroundings and the effects it has on mental health. There is now evidence to suggest that by having just a few plants in your home or images of nature nearby can increase energy levels and boost well being. It can also help to reduce anxiety and stress, and increase attention capacity and creativity.
So imagine how amazing it would be for you and your family to really get out there and spend quality time amongst it all this spring.