We are all becoming increasingly conscious of our impact on the environment as more and more we can see the evidence of damage our negligence has caused on the planet. So while we are doing our best to make our homes greener, what about our kids? Do they understand why you now use green bags to carry the groceries and why you take time to recycle certain items? By educating our kids we are investing in the future. Here, we’ve got a great list of tips on how to teach your children about the importance of being green:
Information they can understand
Of course one of the main things to remember is that the information needs to be at their level of understanding. Find a book that helps explain to small children in pictures about the different ways they can help the environment and why it’s so important. These visuals will really aid their understanding.
Environmental Websites for Kids
There are some great websites out there that teach older kids all about the importance of looking after the environment. They have online games, print outs and opportunities for them to get involved. Researching some great websites and showing your kids is a great way to get them engaged and interested about the environment in a format they are familiar with.
Let your kids participate
Letting your kids participate in your green activities is really the best way to teach them to be green. Make the time you spend together fun. Create a compost heap and maintain it together. Find out the details of events like Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day so you and your whole family can participate.
Ask them questions
When you are doing the grocery shopping together, ask if they know why you use the same bags to carry the shopping. Let them ask you questions about it, and why it’s important. When you’re at home and they keep turning the air conditioner on and off, talk to them about energy usage and how to maximize your air conditioning unit’s cooling and heating systems without running it all day.
This can also come in handy in the future when you are dealing with teenagers in the shower. By teaching them at an early age the importance of conserving water, they are more likely to get into the habit of shorter showers. So when other parents are having the battle of the bathroom with their teenagers you’ll able to rest easy knowing you won’t have that issue (fingers crossed anyway).
Kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for and have the capacity to learn so many new things and retain information. If we give our kids the tools and knowledge now about how to protect our environment, they will help to lead their generation in living greener lifestyles. I hope you’ve found just the inspiration you need to start teaching your kids about the importance of looking after our environment.
Tim Millett is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics, including green bags and Promotional Bags.