Families that choose to live in greater awareness of environmental matters can pass on these values to their children and the world benefits from it, not just you as a parent. A gentle guidance towards a love and care for our planet Earth can help install a sense of global responsibility to children. Recently the UK announced Cars and Trucks would no longer be powered by fossil fuels by 2040. It’s never been a better time to go green. The change is coming anyway! There’s plenty of things we can do to improve our energy efficiency and improve our relationship with the ecology – in this article I will go through some really nice green family living tips. I plan to show you how to improve your kids awareness in the garden, and then we can take the garden into the living room. I also plan to show you the terrors of our disposable mindset.
Developing Green Habits
Acquiring earth-friendly habits is an integral way to lead children towards environmental awareness. There isn’t any one action that ensures the Earth’s protection. It’s a way of life, you just start with small steps, plants in the living room, saving emails as PDF’s rather than printing them off, and making use of green products in the home to clean and cook – daily habits that will have a positive effect on creating a healthy environment. There are a few simple green methods that will build greener families. Recycling, using rechargeable batteries, buying environmentally friendly food packaging, growing your own food, and ridding yourself of disposables are just to mention a few.
This is a simple daily task that many families strangely forgo. Much like teaching children to brush their teeth, once this habit is embedded in their minds, it stays for life.
Use rechargeable batteries
Kids tend to use up a lot of batteries with remote control cars, computer controllers, and many more, they can learn to take responsibility for reducing their waste, and planning their own power with this neat little tip. Warning! Electric sockets are dangerous, and rechargeable batteries have known to get hot to touch – please ensure your child is ready for this.
Buy bulk foods with minimal packaging and check them
When shopping with the children, explain why buying in bulk is better, more food, in less packaging. Compare packaging and prices and check for ingredients used.
Rid yourself of disposables
Get rid of disposable products in the home. Use cloth napkins and do without paper plates and cups, some simple homemade, natural detergents are much better for the environment overall.
Kids can make dishrags and kitchen towels out of old towels and t-shirts, making paper towels obsolete and making the most of what you already have. You could even make those old shirts into nice decorative items, that’s a great way to get a bargain to improve your home decor.
Make full use of paper
Teach the children how to always use both sides of paper. They can even use junk mail as parts of art projects. Eliminating waste, particularly paper waste, is an essential aspect of environmental protection.
Green Benefits of Gardening
The green benefits of gardening are almost immeasurable. The values and ethics taught to children in the garden are unrivalled. Teaching the children how to garden organically will give them the only chance to not eat pesticides and hormones. Farmers have no choice but to ply their crop with these deadly chemicals. Growing your own food and caring for your own herb garden will get kids directly involved in caring for the earth, and there’s nothing more that kids like than to get dirty in the garden. You can teach them wonderful tricks that they’ll take long into the future. They’ll also learn to appreciate eating what they’ve helped to grow. Here’s a lovely little vegetable patch that a makes brilliant use of old pallets.
They get to experience the joy of having co-created healthy food and it helps your household budget, on top of that, they learn about mother nature and her gifts – all from the garden. It will teach economy and a love of healthy food, as well. Add in the practice of composting and caring for the helpful living creatures that inhabit the garden, and creating a family garden nearly becomes a complete environmental science class. Look at this lovely composter, it looks very nice and isn’t all that expensive.
The kids will get the chance to learn what bugs are good for your garden patch, and how to sympathetically rid a garden of slugs and snails, the environmentally friendly way.
Environmental Events for Kids
Hosting or participating in a local green events is another fun way to get kids exposed to the benefits of quality environmental practices. They could start a newspaper drive to collect newsprint for recycling, or to donate to local gardeners for composting and mulching, the benefits of worms in your garden for growing is unrivalled – they make wonderful rich compost, and they attract wildlife that’ll eat slugs and snails. They could create a kids club and invite friends to work on conservation service projects together, you could even do this at home, just take some old unused items and attempt to make nice outdoor decorative accessories. Take a look at this picture showing what you can make for your garden with a few leftovers – pretty inspirational.
This is just two pallets joined together and then slabs glued into place on top. The result is a nice place to put your cup of tea for just a few pounds. Very nice idea. For those with cutting edge, contemporary gardens, it might not be your cup of tea.
Talk with the child and see what areas he is interested in and then help him to create an executable plan.
Developing environmental consciousness in children is a prime interest for green families. By exhibiting daily habits that care for the earth, maintaining a family garden, and helping the children to participate in interest-led environmental events, kids can effectively flex their green muscles.