Making sure your child will become a responsible adult is one of the top concerns of many parents these days. Parents are doing their best to teach their children skills that will benefit them as adults. However, many parents ignore an essential trait to instill in their children: environmental awareness. And it became critical to teach your children how to appreciate and care for the environment. And even if making your child environmentally conscious may seem complicated, it can be pretty straightforward. Teaching children these skills at a young age is beneficial since they will become a part of their personalities as they grow older. It will help kids and the world as we also need more ecologically concerned adults. So let us see how you can motivate your kids to be eco-friendly and take a step toward sustainability.
Grow a garden with your kids
We all have problems convincing our kids to eat more veggies. However, there is a trick you can use. Kids will eat more vegetables if they help cultivate them! Therefore, starting a little vegetable garden is an excellent way to introduce the entire family to eco-friendly living. You will educate your children about where food comes from and spend valuable time together as a family. Kids can assist you with planting the seeds, watering them, and harvesting the veggies once they are ripe. Furthermore, garden-grown vegetables taste much better than store-bought ones. So, it will be much easier to convince kids to eat them.
At the same time, if you don’t have a garden, you can still motivate your kids to be eco-friendly by planting veggies in your home. You can plant some veggies in pots on your balcony, start a window-sill herb garden, or grow them in recyclable egg cartons.
Gardening is a great way to motivate your kids to be eco-friendly.
Motivate your kids to be eco-friendly by reducing waste
Are you preparing for a move to a new home? That could be the perfect time to motivate your kids how to reduce waste. After all, a new home can be a new beginning for your sustainable living. Therefore, go through decluttering with your kids before packing your belongings. Start by sorting out your items for them to see how to do it. Put only essential things aside to take to your new home and set the rest aside for donating or organizing a garage sale. Also, you can use recycled materials for packing your items—use newspaper as packing paper or filler in the boxes. In addition, reuse carton boxes that are still sturdy enough or plastic storage containers that you use for keeping your belongings organized.
At the same time, you can share some interesting facts with your kid on moving day to make relocating enjoyable. For instance, show them how much you reduced waste by reusing items you had in the house. Also, explain to them how you reduced the move cost by having fewer items to transport to your new home.
Make recycling a game
Waste and global pollution are essential issues impacting our planet and will become even more worrying for our children. Therefore, teaching your kids about recycling will help grow a more environmentally aware generation. Asa result, consider starting a game with your kid in a nearby park to pique your child’s interest in learning about waste reduction. Pick up garbage and recyclables and teach your youngster about the dangers of littering. That can also help your children feel more connected to your community and instill a sense of duty in them.
Once your child learns about recycling, do some quizzes on the items they can recycle. Go around your home and have them point out objects that can be recycled. Getting your child engaged in household trash management and teaching them to recycle will make your home greener and help your child develop life skills that will benefit them in the future.
Kids can be motivated to be eco-friendly through games.
Teach your kids about energy consumption
Just because we use economical LED lights nowadays doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful regarding our energy use. In addition, educating your children to be aware of their energy consumption will help them become responsible energy users when they grow up. Therefore, teach your kids the habit of shutting off the light in a room they don’t use. In addition, explain the importance of turning off electronics they don’t use. That includes computers, TVs, and anything else that consumes energy.
At the same time, you can help your child learn the importance of reducing light pollution with fun experiments. For instance, sit out in the yard or on your balcony with your kid at night with lights on. Ask them what they see and how they think the environment is affected by artificial light. Then, shut all lights and show your child how they can better see the stars in the night sky without light polluting it. Also, explain to them how artificial light disrupts the behavior of insects and animals and how they get blinded by it.
Involve your kids in grocery shopping
Getting your kids involved in decision-making is a great way to teach them to be more responsible. As a result, plan your grocery shopping and your meals together. Encourage them to pick from the store fresh foods that are not wrapped in plastic or that come in recyclable containers. Also, analyze together your meal choices. If someone asks for pasta with sauce, explain how pasta comes in a box and the sauce in a jar. Therefore, it can be a good choice as both the box and the jar can be repurposed. On the other hand, if kids ask for takeout, explain how that food comes in plastic containers that are harmful to the environment. Furthermore, explain how food shouldn’t be kept in plastic, especially not hot food that helps release toxic compounds from plastic.
If you take your children grocery shopping, they will learn to be environmentally aware.
As you can see, there are many ways in which you can motivate your kids to be eco-friendly. Furthermore, learning to be more environmentally aware can be fun for the whole family.