How to teach kids about going green
By Melissa Brodsky
Many parents make the effort to teach their kids about green living, often explaining that living green can prove not only beneficial for the environment, but also for personal health and longevity. However, some of the best lessons are those we learn by doing. So, if you want your kids to be more green, consider having them do the following:
- Walk! Have your kids spend more time walking. They can walk to school, the library, their friends’ houses, the mall, the park. If your children are too young to walk by themselves, join them. It’s not only green, but also good exercise. And if walking is just not possible? Arrange to carpool.
- Volunteer! Look around for organizations that plant trees in the area and get your family involved. Start your search on the Arbor Day Foundation website.
- Conserve! Many of us are guilty of wasting water by running it while we brush our teeth, running the shower before we’re ready to get in and running the dishwasher when it isn’t completely full. Ask your kids to let go of these habits.
- Sort! Have your child take responsibility for sorting your recyclables. This is a win-win situation. Not only will you have one less chore to do, but your children will learn how important recycling is by seeing how much effort you’ve been willing to put into it.
- Turn it off! Figure out where your kids use an excess of energy and have them cut back. This may include turning off lights when they leave a room or suggesting they light a room by letting the sun shine through a window. Ask them to spend less time on video games and the computer, as well. Have them spend more time outdoors, reading or bonding with you over board or card games.
Keep in mind that your kids pay attention to how you behave, even when you don’t notice them watching. Model the same behavior and commitment to green living that you want to see in them.
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