If you’ve tried to make the switch from throwing anything and everything in the trash can to leading a greener lifestyle by recycling, composting, and overall living more sustainably while actively decreasing your carbon footprint, then you know that it can be hard to really ingrain those habits. It’s much easier to embrace habits that have been a part of your life for as long as you can remember – which is why it’s important to help our kids learn and support them at a young age. There are a few ways you can make going green an easy and fun experience for everyone in the family.
- Make It Easy: Instead of keeping recycling bins out of reach in shelves on the garage, keep them easily accessible so that your kids learn to sort their recyclables and put them in the correct bins. By learning to do it themselves it will become second nature for them to recycle, instead of relying on you to take care of it for them.
- Hold Family Contests: See who can collect the most recyclable material in a week and then reward that person with a treat. By making it a family competition everyone will get involved and will have fun trying to beat the other family members. This is the kind of competition where everyone wins in the end, and can be especially fun for little kids.
- Take them to the Farmer’s Market: Eating locally grown organic foods is a great way to support your local farmers and support a greener environment. By taking them to the local farmer’s market they can see and learn firsthand about locally grown foods, and can help you pick out colorful fruits and vegetables to take home.
- Craft out of Reusable Materials: Instead of throwing away items that can be repurposed, spend a day every few weeks making homemade crafts with the kids. You can easily turn a 2 liter soda bottle into a bird feeder, or use old newspapers to make a papier-mâché craft.
- Ditch the Car: The next time you’re going somewhere close by take a walk or ride bikes over there instead of driving the car. Explain to your kids what pollution is and why it’s good to leave the car at home sometimes.
Teaching your kids to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle is an important task that that can end up being fun for the whole family, while also educational for the kids (and parents!). Making recycling and living green a family affair makes it easier for everyone to get on board and actively work towards helping our planet. By being up front with your kids about why you’re doing the things you’re doing and how they’re helping the environment they’ll gain a better understanding and hopefully become more committed to helping out wherever they can to promote a green lifestyle as well.
[About the author: Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, and Babysitting, find a nanny tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com. Image: Pink Sherbet Photography at Flickr]