As a parent, how can you teach the children the value of being green specially at home?
The children acquire important values specially at home, because let us face it, it is the home where they are molded in terms of behavior and it is where lifelong values are transferred from the parents to the children.
As the caretaker of our children how can we make sure that they know the basic of being part of the preservation of the environment?
Teach the children by example, encourage a love for nature by showing them how wonderful and how fragile this little planet really is.
Show them the damage done and what each and everyone of us can do to rectify it, after all, the children will inherit our bad management of this planet.
That is a strange desire, to see your children green, probably the safest way is to buy them green, body paint.
We involve both of our kids in many things around our house that encourage them to be “green”.
Both of the kids are responsible for taking the recycling out to the cans every couple of days. They need to be reminded once in a while (since they are teenagers) but it is still their chore.
We also have some animals that they have to shovel manure from. They have to help, everyday, to scoop everything up and add it to the pile at the back corner of the property. Once it has composted down they get to help move it to the garden.
They also get to take food scraps out to the animals. Fortunately our animals eat almost any food scrap we have. What they do not eat goes into our composting bin in the yard; it too goes to the garden when ready.
Just treat the whole thing as just something the entire family does and they should participate, even if they really don’t like it.
Setting an example is always the best way to teach a child. If they ask why you do what you do, by all means, explain it.
If your child isn't that observant, discuss the issues with him or her. Explain why we recycle, conserve energy and water, and not waste food.
Teach them to recycle. You have to explain that the more garbage that piles up, the more it hurts the earth and the less clean air we get. Learning to recycle at an early age is important if you want them to be use to it.
Teaching them to plant trees and garden can help too, using that banana peel as compost for the dirt is recycling, but not all things are. That can be a fun way to do it.
Make it fun - that's what we do in our house. My kids are 6 and 2.5 years old. We found some boxes and had fun decorating and naming them all - you know one for plastic, one for tin and so on. The kids love putting the recycling in 'their' bins now.
We also have a bin where the girls collect items which they think would be good for creative time and once a week we make models out of whats in the bin. We made some awesome milk bottle bird feeders last week.
The key is definitely fun!
I'm a bit fanatical about this because even when my two were babies I was very much into all the healthiest of products such as cleaning products and personal care products - in fact I started way back then (40 years ago) to make my own products such as natural shampoos and skin lotions, simple cleaning products, etc. I also had a garden to make sure our food was as fresh as possible. So my children grew up thinking 'green.' Honestly, it is much easier to teach them to live green by my lifestyle than by talking.
although I am not a big "green" fella despite my icon....I would approach it on a level of "waste not want not" and If you were a dog/cat/ animal would you want some one to throw trash in your house and or Would you want someone to do that to you?
As i believe the whole Green movement is hogwash... but being a good person and being considerate to others is a better reason to "behave".
Be a good example, teach them and constantly practice what you teach and they will learn what they are taught.
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