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Watering Weeds

The seeds for You Are a Gardener® were planted in 2017 when Shanna Truffini heard a friend compare stress and anxiety to "watering your weeds". Focusing on negative thoughts and feelings is extremely common for most people, especially kids. According to the National Science Foundation, "an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts. If we repeat those negative thoughts, we think negative way more than we think positive thoughts."

In efforts to help raise a new generation of emotionally empowered kids our mission is to provide children with a universal vocabulary* to help them identify these 'weeds' and teach them tools to help them turn their "hose or watering cans" back to their "flowers"!

Scroll down for our Top 10 favorite 'gardening tools' to help you water your flowers instead of your weeds!

When you find yourself 'watering your weeds' here are some easy gardening tools to help you redirect your thoughts and energy back to your 'flowers':

  1. Take 5 Deep Breaths

  2. Color

  3. Journal About Your Feelings

  4. Do A Craft

  5. Take A Walk

  6. Bake Something

  7. Play An Instrument

  8. Dance

  9. Do A Puzzle

  10. Listen To Your Favorite Song

*You Are a Gardener®, Flowers, Weeds, Seeds, Pull Your Weeds!

There are so many gardening tools out there! What are some of your favorites? Send us an email to!


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