Hello you all, I have a 5-year old boy who I want to raise with an interest in gardening. I always have him helping me in the garden, planting and playing with dirt. He seems to enjoy it as long as I let him do whatever keeps his attention. My husband does not want to have any part in the gardening/yard-business. So, here we go, my son and I to nurseries, picking out plants, etc. Recently he decided he wanted a blueberrybush and we got one - which is now his responsibilty and he is doing great (son and blueberrybush ;) ).
Here comes my concern: recently I asked him if he told his friends in school about the blueberrybush. His answer was a surprised and definite "no mom"!! He followed up by saying "and you can never ever tell them"! Now, I am a little curious and I probe him more. His answer is that gardening is girl stuff and his friends must never find out that he is doing "that" - he actually said to me that this is our "big secret"! Oh, no. Of course I told him that there are many "big, strong men" that just love to garden, but didn't really have a real world example at hand. So, this weekend I will take my son on a trip to nurseries and try to find some "strong men" that like gardening ;)
My questions is: does anybody have a similar experience and should I be concerned? Or, will he eventually get over it and continue garden with me. More importantly, will he grow up not gardening (since he wants to be like Dad when he grows up)? Is this just 5-year old talk?
Thanks for all your thoughts on this.