On a recent long holiday weekend, my family went to the local nursery to scout out some flowers. I had hoped to find some tulips to add in to our front yard flower bed.

We walked the rows and rows of beautiful blooming beauties. Purple pansies. Pink Gerbera daisies.

Stop.

Sniff.

Admire.

Move along …

After what seemed hours but was likely more like one, we walked out with more than we went into buy.

Each of my daughters chose a perennial plant that they bought with their own allowance money.

When we got home, it was raining, but as soon as the rain passed by, they were outside scouting out the perfect place to plant their flowers, which will bloom and blossom every year.

They value flowers and beauty and I am so proud of that not just because I think that it’s really great that teenagers want to do anything other than be on phones but also because I often feel like parenting is like gardening.

I consider the gardening analogy a lot in my life these days as my own love for gardening and maintaining plants becomes more of a hobby.

And, honestly, I am the master gardener of many things in my life — especially our children.

On this week’s episode of The Abundant Mama Show, I’m sharing this analogy and how we can use it more in our parenting. This is the next in my series of 13 Parenting Lessons from 13 Years of Parenting.

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