3 Ways to Teach Your Child How to Be Responsible for the Environment

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Little girl holding a heart-shaped mapChildren are the future of our world, mainly because they will inherit whatever we leave behind. It will be up to them to nurture what they have. Some parents say that their children will one day make the world a better place. However, for that to come true, they have to play their part in teaching kids significant life lessons. One of the topics that you should introduce is proper care and taking responsibility for the environment. The following are a few starters that you can use:

The 3 R’s

The three words have always been a staple of slogans: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. You can teach your children about what they mean using simple examples you can find within the house. Make it a habit to turn off and unplug appliances you do not use to show an example of how to reduce.

For reusing, you can encourage them to store toys and clothes in previously-used large cardboard boxes. Recycling can be taught by showing them how to separate materials and bring them to facilities, such as metal or plastic recycling companies. Keep in mind that it is best to teach them by example and demonstrate what you want them to follow instead of just telling them what to do.

Old and used plastic for recycling

Alternative Cleaning Agents

Whenever you buy cleaning products like soap or other chemicals used for house maintenance, you will always see the warning in the label that says, ‘Keep out the reach of children.’ This warning is not just a sign that you should not let your kids get near them and that you should avoid using them as much as possible. It should also let you know that they are not good for the environment either.

Fortunately, eco-friendly cleaning agents are readily available for purchase in stores. If you are in the do-it-yourself mood, videos that show you how to use everyday objects and materials to help you maintain a clean and healthy household can be viewed on the Internet. Making and using these alternatives can become a learning activity with your children.

Use Less to Save More

Kids can become wasteful when it comes to using the utilities around the house. Although it is not entirely their fault, you as a parent are responsible for letting them know that these resources are being paid for and meant to be used in moderation.

Proper management of the water supply can be taught by showing them how to use the shower and sink correctly without wasting too much water. You can encourage them to save on electricity by creating alternatives to video games that lean more on physical or mental development. It not only helps with your bills, but also keeps them healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

As a parent, you would want your kids to appreciate and realise the importance of the environment and how it will benefit them as their life progresses. The next generation is our hope for tomorrow, so even at an early age, our children should be well-acquainted with our natural resources and how to properly care for it. After all, they will grow into adults and the fate of the Earth will be in their hands.

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