Posted: 02/10/2017 at 13:27
It can backfire. I included Possum in my gardening from when she could totter and before then sat in her pushchair or on the grass - sowing, planting, watering (best bit for her) and harvesting. She'd happily wander out by herself and eat every strawberry and blueberry and raspberry in sight.
Then she discovered insects and spiders and dirt and now has absolutely no interest except as a place to go and sunbathe, well away from the new found problem of local western whip snakes and their compost heaps.
I did ask her to dead head all the hostas for me and the pelargoniums a couple of years ago. She managed to toss my secateurs on the compost heap and we didn't find them for another 6 months. You should have heard what the Felco people at Chelsea had to say about them. Worst case they'd ever seen.