You already know that it’s easy to form habits when minds are fresh and susceptible. Science and research support the idea that children learn things faster than adults, including languages. Teaching kids about making eco-friendly choices is imperative for parents, which will help them embrace the basics of environmental responsibility.
Considering that living a sustainable life is one of the greatest challenges we face today, bringing children into that space and guiding them to adopt habits and activities that are good for the planet can contribute to maintaining a healthy environment. It has been proven that a healthy environment - clean air and water, green spaces, sanitation - can improve people’s quality of life. If you’re a parent who is concerned about damage to the environment and want to get your family on the path to greener living, the following tips may help you raise eco-conscious and earth-friendly kids.
Lead by Example
If you aren't living an environmentally friendly life, there is a good chance that your children won't want to either. Creating habits inside and outside the home shows your children that you are invested in this new type of lifestyle. If you stick to these habits, your kids may quickly follow suit.
Teach Respect For The Outdoors
This can start in your backyard. Help kids plant a garden or tree. Set up bird feeders, a birdbath, and birdhouses. Kids can clean out and refill the bath daily, and clean up seed debris around feeders and restock them. On a larger scale, you can plan family vacations that focus on the great outdoors. Maybe a summer trip to Jim Corbett Park or Kanha. Shorter trips might include a day at the local zoo, aquarium, or national park. Even a couple of days at the beach can offer plenty of opportunities for you to point out and discuss the plants and animals you see and why it's important to protect their habitats.
Getting Kids to Go Green
In their own day-to-day activities, encourage kids to find ways to limit waste, cut down on electricity, avoid unnecessary purchases, and reuse items that they already have.
Remind kids to turn off lights when they're not in use, power down computers, turn off the TV when nobody's watching, and resist lingering in front of the refrigerator with the door open. Buy rechargeable batteries for your kids' electronics and toys and teach them how to care for and recharge them. This reduces garbage and keeps toxic metals, like mercury, out of landfills.
Show with Books and Movies
There are so many books and movies that teach children to be environmentally conscious while keeping an interesting and creative plot. These can help your child learn without the lesson being obviously taught. Here are a few movies you could watch with your child: Wall-E, Over the Hedge, Free Willy or Here We Are. Would you rather read some books? Check these out: The Lorax, The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps, World Without Fish, and Watership Down
Encourage your Kids To Carry their Bottle of Water
We know that water is the elixir of life. Encourage kids to carry their bottle of water and what better than a clay bottle. It ensures that the water remains cool for a longer time. You could also teach them to make lemon juice and carry it with them when they step out. It will ensure that you do not buy the aerated drinks that are sold in plastic bottles.
Teach your Kids About the Importance of Trees
You can start this in your own backyard by helping them plant a tree. Planting a tree with your kids is a great opportunity for you to inspire them to become eco-friendly. It is also a fun way to teach your child about the importance of trees and valuing the environment. So, try to make a point of planting trees regularly ensuring that your child gets involved in the whole process.
Teaching children about healthy habits at a young age is one of the best things you can do as parents.