This week I have another guest post, yay! This post comes from a blogger I met along the way named, Marie Nieves. After you finish reading this post and jot down some notes on how to raise planet-loving kids you can find more information about the author below. Happy Thursday!
Has it ever happened to you that you passed by a person throwing away trash on the ground? When you ask people why they do it, the usual response is “That one piece of paper won’t pollute the Earth”. But, what if several billion people said the exact same thing?
We live in a critical period when the Earth has had it enough of our bad behavior. Global warming is real, the world water is polluted, and the forests are disappearing under all the factories being built for the ‘progress’ of human race. Numerous people avoid taking responsibility, but the facts are that in several decades, if we continue at this pace, people might not have adequate conditions for living.
This is precisely why we must educate our children to take care of the Earth, in order to make it healthy enough to support life for many centuries to come. Here are several ways you can teach your kids to think and act eco-friendly:
Talk to them:
No matter how much information is available in every way these days, kids will always learn most from their parents. Since they copy your behavior during their early years (and sometimes even later on), it’s important that you present them with a good role model. Talk to them about why we need to recycle, how it’s done and why it is a good idea. Explain how the pollution works and why it is bad to throw garbage everywhere.
If your kids see you doing something, they are most likely to imitate you. Therefore, show them how recycling is done properly and help them do it themselves. Since they will use all the gadgets and the Internet either way, encourage them to learn more about the environment in a fun way. You can find various cartoons online which are very educative and interesting.
Make it fun:
Rule number one with kids is that they won’t do it unless it’s fun. So make it fun. Organize family games where recycling or composting your backyard will be the main theme. Younger kids can be in charge of watering the plants with already used water. Another interesting idea might be to get them to clear their closets and take out all the clothes they don’t wear anymore, so you can donate them later. Try explaining that this is a way of recycling (since you didn’t throw it away), just as it’s an amazing chance to teach them about helping others. It’s important that children learn about taking responsibilities, and for additional info on the subject, read an earlier post.
When you go on a trip or a picnic, point out the beauty of the nature and explain why it’s crucial to cherish it. Since children are usually fond of animals, taking them to the zoo, and getting them to know about extinction will probably impact them a great deal. If you have the conditions, think about adopting a dog or another animal from the shelter. Taking care of a pet will help kids develop into kind, responsible people who care about the lives and well-being of others.
While it is important that you, as parents, do all you can in order to preserve the Earth for the lives of future generations, it’s also a fact that you won’t be there throughout your kids’ entire life. Therefore, you need to teach them how to do it on their own, and how to become eco-friendly. For more ideas and ways how to implement green living as a family, check out this blog.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a student and a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on several blogs. For her articles, she often consults décor specialists, home organization experts and experienced blogger experts.
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