I took the Sugar Snaps outside for water play using the water table which they love to do. They also enjoyed feeding the fish and turtles in our tiny pond. I looked over at a flower bed in the side yard inhabited by weeds, felt a twinge of guilt and walked briskly over and pulled some out. Then, after glancing to make sure everyone was all right, I sprinted to the greenery bin and tossed them in. I enjoy gardening but it has been neglected since the Sugar Snaps became active toddlers.
Capri wandered over curiously and pointed at the weeds still left in the bed. “What’s that Mama?,” she asked. I explained that those were weeds that I was pulling out of the garden. She immediately wanted to help and all three of her brothers came over and wanted to pull weeds too.
It’s funny that something we think is work as adults is great fun for toddlers. It took me back to when I was little and enjoyed helping my parents pull weeds. I learned so much from helping them in the garden and it didn’t feel like work at all. They reminded me that even weeding can be fun when you look at it through the eyes of a toddler. Perhaps I can get weeding done after all and it can be a family adventure instead of a chore. Do you enjoy gardening with your children? How do they feel about pulling weeds? I’d love to read your stories in the comments.