There are many parents who are concerned about the environment. Today’s children are the ones who will take care of this planet in the future. You can engage your children in the conscious, eco-friendly lifestyle of yours – it will help them grow up as adults who will embrace nature and become responsible citizen. The children will learn to respect the magnificence and balance of Mother Earth.
There’s a saying, “Children see, children do.” From a very early stage of their lives, they will learn to adopt the principles and awareness of how and why we need to take care of our Earth. As parents, you can adopt creative methods and activities to teach the children how they can help the environment, and make the Earth a safer place to live.
Here are a few practical ways to teach your kids how to make life more sustainable:
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Cultivate a love for nature
Children are born innocent, and it’s very easy to cultivate a love for nature into their hearts. Whenever you are planning to take your children outside, take time to breathe in fresh air and highlight the beauty of nature. Let them enjoy the colour of the sky, a bright sunny day or the different shades of grey on a cloudy day. Ask them to touch the trees at the park, the rocks and the leaves – let them feel the nature. It will help them to acknowledge all their senses.
Talk to them and ask what they are seeing
Buy books that can help children identify different plants, trees and animals and learn their names. You can also practice this in your favourite park or rooftop garden. If possible, take your children to the botanical garden where they can learn even more about nature. Children will be excited to see the animals in the zoo, and it can be an interactive session with them, where they can observe the animals that are almost extinct. Ask them questions, and see if they feel generous and kind towards nature. Talking about climate changes and its causes and effects can motivate to them think about the weather.
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Get them involved in growing something
Let them choose a plant from the store for their own, and buy essential little garden kits for the children. Ask them to take care of the plant, motivate them to grow flowers, or even vegetables. Teach them the importance of taking care of their plants. If these children can connect themselves to plants, they will feel more in love with it, and that’s an important thing to foster.
Teach them to reduce, reuse and recycle
The most important thing about protecting the environment is to know how to reduce, reuse and recycle things, in order to make a sustainable world. Teach your children about how we consume unnecessary things, and how it has a grave impact on the planet. Teach them to reduce waste properly, and reuse the recycled items in daily life. Talk about the disposable items instead of using plastics and organic seedlings, and help them to understand how we can make a greener world.