How to Introduce Kids to a Green Lifestyle

Friday, January 22, 2016

One of the best ways in which you can help the environment is by teaching children the importance of green practices and consideration of the nature. You don’t need to read tons of books on the topic. Be a life-size example and foster eco-friendly habits from early age instead. Children, especially younger ones, are very perceptive. When they see you practicing sustainable and healthy lifestyle, they will be more likely to develop similar attitude. 

Keep in mind that kids tend to either model rebel against certain behaviors. That is why you need to properly approach your children. From day-to –day tasks like domestic cleaning and recycling to outdoor activities, you need to make it interesting and exciting. Here are a couple of ideas to help you introduce your children to green living. 
  1. Involve Your Children
Assign your children age-appropriate tasks. Younger kids can help carry kitchen scraps to the compost bins, while older ones can assist with sorting the garbage. Beware of potentially sharp edges on glass and cans that may cause an injury. Other options include cleaning up the neighborhood and arranging household recycling. 
  • Encourage Active Lifestyle

Spending time in the open air will help children appreciate nature better. Organize regular outdoor activities like biking, hiking, going on trips or simply taking a walk in the park.  Connecting with nature is good for you and your children on many levels. Outdoor recreation promotes better physical and mental health, while helping kids develop a green ethic.
  • Introduce Them to the Wildlife

Taking children to petting farms is not only educational, but it can also make them more compassionate. According to a research, human-animal interaction enhances empathy and improves social behavior and anxiety. 
  • Make a Family Garden

Whether you live in a house with a big backyard or in a tiny apartment, garden is a great place where the whole family can practice being green. By growing their own plant, the kids will feel directly responsible for nature. A bean seed is a classic choice and will allow your children to see how the greenery develops under their care.  If you have enough space, you can plant vegetables and herbs. The experience of producing their own food will give them an idea of sustainable life.
  • Reduce Consumption

First and most importantly, don’t spoil your children with tons of toys and gifts. This will only encourage consumerist behavior.  Teach your kids to live with less and cherish the experiences over possessions. Declutter your home together with your kids. Donate and recycle as much as possible. Plus, cleaning the unnecessary items will free up more space in your home.  
  • Promote Conservation

Switching off the lights or using less water when helping with the house cleaning are useful conservation habits. Let your children know that these small actions have a certain impact.  Discuss with your kids topics like sustainability and the scarcity of resources. Even if your child, you can talk with them about the importance of conservation. 

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