Sadly the environment is suffering from the bad habits of humans, and the world around your kids is starting to look like a very different place from when you were little. However, it’s not all doom and gloom; there are plenty of people who are working hard to improve the situation and are willing to give the environment the TLC it needs and deserves. Many hopes are resting on future generations to continue these good habits, and they’re likely to keep improving on them.
Teaching and educating your little ones to get into good habits is the best way to ensure that they’ll grow up into adults who have compassion and care for their surroundings and the world as a whole. Your kids will teach their kids the same lessons, and each future generation will do that bit more to protect the earth, nature, and all it has to offer. The following are some tips and ideas on how to get your kids to understand the importance of being eco-friendly and mindful of how their habits can impact the environment and their future.
A Love Of Nature
A great place to start giving your kids a conscience that they need to look after the environment is to ensure that they have a love for animals, plants, and the rest that the natural world has to offer them. If they care about nature; they’ll have an incentive and reason to think about their actions and how they might impact those things they care for. Make sure that they spend time outside, and teach them about plants and wildlife, and how they contribute to the environment.
Gently introduce the idea that a deteriorating world may result in damaging these things and even lead to extinction, before reassuring them with how they can help to prevent those things from happening. Wildlife parks, nature reserves, and even kid’s books are all great sources of information and knowledge, and they are aimed at educating young minds on their subject. However, there’s always your local park or your back garden that can provide just as much contact with the outside world and plenty of fun in the meantime.
Recycle, Reuse, And Upcycle
Little changes around the home will soon start to sink in with your kids, and they’ll pick up eco-friendly habits without even realizing. Replace your plastic, throw away bags with reusable bags and switch buying plastic bottles for a metal flask or container. Take your kids to second hand and charity shops and let them enjoy rummaging around to find things they love. You’ll be funding a great cause and repurposing something that would otherwise end up as landfill. You could spend a couple of weekends making crafts and upcycling old furniture with your kids; this will help with their imagination and creativity and makes an affordable way to spend a Saturday.
Always ensure that you’re reiterating why you’re teaching them these things, and they’ll begin to understand how little habits can make a major difference to the environment in the long run.