There are times when it’s challenging to work with kids. I have said in the past that getting your kids to help is the easiest way to double the time it takes to do a project. I don’t always do a perfect job at whatever I do, but I really want too. It’s the desire to have things “done right” that makes inviting the kids to help difficult. Yes, I admit it… I don’t always welcome the kids to my projects, but I’m getting better at it.
This year I have let down my guard. I am intentionally inviting the kids to come in and do some garden work. This has been done in the past but on a much more controlled and limited scale. Two 4’x4′ raised beds have been built specifically for two of my kids. In these beds they have planted what they want. They won’t be perfect… by any means, but they are fun.
Not all of my kids care to be in the garden… that’s ok. The two who really love it are a real joy. I love coming home and finding my little girl in the greenhouse singing as she is watering the little sprouts. She loves to tell me how many came up while I was at work.
My 15 year old son is autistic and he loves to plant things. He comes in with his service dog, Herry, to work with me as we plant new needs and potted plants. There are a few things he really enjoys in life: Frech Fries (crispy well done), Driving (he really wants a golf cart), Chin Hair and working with Dad!