Smile Notes: April Showers & May Flowers by Sharon Scott, LPC LMFT
April Showers & May Flowers
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT
If I was asked to draw a picture, it would appear just as it did when I was in elementary school. A house in the middle of the page with two windows and a door, a big tree to the left of the house and a sun in the upper right hand corner. Unfortunately, I have no artistic ability! What would also be in that drawing, though, would be flowers (I can draw a decent daisy-looking one!).
Since Spring has sprung and April showers are on the way, it’s time to have some very inexpensive and practical fun with your child by planting flower seeds. Take a trip to the store and select a package of a variety that is known to do well in your area’have your child ask for information if that’s not known. Back at home, select a spot (or a pot) to give the soon-to-be flowers the amount of light they need. Show the child how to loosen the soil and read the package directions to know how deeply to plant the seed and how much water will be needed. Giving tender care to plants can also teach how to tenderly treat people.
I have fond memories from childhood of planting a flower garden with my mother every spring. When I was very young, we planted castor bean seeds which grow in Texas to be a big summer plant that my friends and I played house underneath. And by the time I was in junior high school, I remember Mother, Daddy and I planting climbing red roses on our backyard fence. One of my grandmothers always had lantana and iris in her backyard. The other grandmother grew zinnias, honeysuckle–and peach trees. Guess what I have in my yard? Yep!
In addition to flowers, if space allows, a vegetable garden is wonderful for so many reasons, including economic. Last year I planted red, yellow and purple bell peppers in large pots, and when they were ripe, cut and froze them for use in later meals. They were beautiful, and delicious.
Have fun planting with your children.
Copyright 2010, Sharon Scott. No Reproduction without written permission from author.
P.S. Please see my other column, The Counselor’s Corner, on a peer pressure dilemma.
The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.
Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!
A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.
Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.
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