Fact: the earlier kids learn Earth-friendly habits, the more likely they are to become an automatic part of their lives. Create this eco-consciousness early in your children by setting a good example and sharing your love of the planet with them! Some easy steps will set them on a lifelong green path.
Parents often give their kids regular reminders to turn off the lights when they leave a room and to not run the water while they brush their teeth. These reminders are in the interest of saving resources as well as the cost of utilities. Take it a step further, though, by explaining to your kids WHY these measures are important. Discuss where the water from the tap originates and why it isn’t an unlimited resource. Explain how power is created and discuss how solar options can reduce the amount of electricity that must be used from a power plant. Also explain to them about water usage along with conservation tips.
Aluminum can collecting is another good way to get kids involved in recycling. It’s also a great opportunity to have kids talk with recycling experts about what happens to the cans once they’re recycled and what kind of products are made from them. The fun of recycling aluminum can extend to plastic, glass, paper and more once kids realize all of the fascinating ways that old products become new.
Model good consumer habits, and talk to your kids while you shop. Point out and select items that are made from recycled materials. Show your children what kinds of packaging are wasteful and unnecessary. Be mindful of what you throw away. Show kids that composting, donating to charity and of course, recycling are all preferable options compared to throwing something in the trash.
Teach kids to respect nature. Relocate bugs and spiders outdoors rather than grabbing a shoe. Discuss how using natural products protects the water supply from harsh chemicals. When you see trash outside, don’t ignore it. Kids will notice that you pick it up, and they’ll do the same as they grow up, simply to keep the world around them clean.
Being a good environmental role model goes a long way toward instilling a green mindset that your kids will carry into adulthood. They’ll grow up with a sense of responsibility to take care of the planet for their own generation, as well as the next. What better gift can parents give?