It is easy to gather your family and to be an environmentally-friendly. You will need the cooperation of everyone in your household to fulfill those earth-friendly practices. Parents often feel the challenge of doing the 3Rs which are reduced, reuse, and recycle, and the other primary environmental responsibilities a person must possess.
The best way to teaching your kids the good habits of environmental responsibility is by being a good role model. You have to show that you care and you respect the environment, and they will also do the same.
It’s A Family Affair
There are different activities you can do with your family:
- Teach respect for the outdoors. There are activities you can do in your backyard like tree planting, placing up bird feeders, birdbath or birdhouses. Your kids can be taught to clean out and refill the feeder and bath daily or can water the plants daily.
You can also teach your kids while you are walking in the park, or strolling in the beach. This activity can be done while you are enjoying your summer vacation or trips. This will also allow you to discuss the importance of protecting the plants and animals and can give them a brief explanation of its purpose.
- Recycle. In some communities, recycling is mandatory. It allows you to save money on decorations or other things. You can also coordinate with your local recycling office to know the rules. Some communities have a com-mingling where the recyclable materials are put into one container. It is better if you have bins for different recyclable materials wherein you can separate plastics, glass, papers, and cans. Your kids can help in sorting or rinsing the items and placing them in the correct bins. They can also clean the containers once it has been emptied.
- Drink your water. Experts say that the bottled water is not cleaner and safer than tap water because it is just the same – tap water that has only been filtered. In the United States, the tap water is monitored by the municipality, and the results are being posted for the public. You can teach kids to use reusable bottles for drinking, and you can add water filters to your taps. This is to avoid the use of plastic bottles that are mostly thrown away to the landfills.
- Clean green. You can use natural products when cleaning instead of commercial or hazardous chemicals. For example, instead of using fresheners in deodorizing the carpet, you can use baking soda. You can also use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar when cleaning up stains from your microwave and removing drain clogs. Some websites can give you green cleaning tips, and you can also find ready-made non-toxic products.
- Lend a hand. Some communities initiate in cleaning the environment, and you can always volunteer to help.
Getting Kids To “Go Green”
You should encourage your children to help in limiting waste, conserve electricity and water, avoid unnecessary usage and purchases and reusing items by:
- Conserve energy. You can teach kids to turn off lights and gadgets that are not in use.
- Walk. Your kids can ride a bike or walk when going to school or visiting a friend’s house.
- Let there be (more) light. You can use energy efficient light bulbs such as compact fluorescent light bulbs rather than incandescent bulbs.
- Reuse and recharge. You can buy rechargeable batteries that can be used by your kids on their electronics and toys.
- Pass it on. The unused toys, clothes, books and other things your kids have can be donated into charities.
These are just a few of the many tips you can gather to keep your family engaged in conservation. Train your kids to start these environment-friendly acts since even little change can make a difference.
8 Environmentally-Friendly Actions Your Kids Can Do
- Get your kids using reusable containers. It may be water or food containers.
- Educate your kids on how to reduce waste. Your kids can start by finishing up all the food put in their plate, or using the materials needed to do their projects and save the leftovers for the next use.
- Teach them the importance of saving water. They can save water by switching of the taps when it is not in use. They can also save water by reusing gray water – water used to rinse of laundry or dishes – in watering plants.
- Inspire a love of the great outdoors. You can encourage your kids to play outdoors instead of watching TV or playing gadgets.
- Start recycling. You can teach your kids in making “new” things out of the old ones.
- You are saving energy. Teach your kids to be responsible for saving energy by turning off lights or unused gadgets when not in use.
- Teach your kids about the value of using their own two feet. You should encourage your kids to walk when going out somewhere near rather than riding a car or motorcycle.
- Gardening. You can teach your kids to grow their plants and vegetables. It can also save you all from buying produce in the grocery.
These tips can be done in all households. You only need to be responsible and patient in teaching your kids to be environment-friendly.