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  • Writer's pictureTina Dierna

Hands on Creativity

Gardening has multiple benefits that teens might not realize. Just as teens' mental health can be bolstered by plants and gardening, so too can their understanding of their own health and wellbeing be enhanced. It allows them to express their creativity, as well as their life skills such as use of tools. Responsibility is also a big idea that teens can be taught through gardening. Through completing tasks like making garden beds and picnic tables, teens can problem-solve in a group, and collaborate on a project.

Practical life skills such as woodworking, or carpentry as well as hands-on work is important. It's important because one cannot rely on others all the time to help do things. Gardening helps teens with that, in that they can become capable of learning how to be more resilient in case things do not go their way.

The aesthetics of a garden are crucial to develop teens' sense of beauty. There are multiple types of gardens, and each of them provide their own serenity. Having a space for calmness is important, especially for teens. As teens go through life, they have to deal with a lot of different emotions and pressures. It's key for teens to have tools to help regulate their emotions, and what better way to do that, than with a garden?

The process of carpentry is arduous, but it is fulfilling. As one gets good at something, it is natural that self-confidence will arise. The use of confidence in completing a task, and pivoting when things go wrong, is key for teens to learn. Sustainable living practices are also vital, as teens get into gardening, they might stumble upon tips to help reduce their use of Earth's resources. Also, they might become more environmentally conscious as a result.

Carpentry and gardening are useful skills to become self-reliant, as well as encouraging being environmentally friendly. Teens should learn these skills to express themselves through the act of creation. Acts of creation can help teens learn more about themselves and how they fit into the world.

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