According to studies, young and impressionable brains are dynamic, vulnerable, and responsive. It is the reason why kids are easy to mold the way you want them to be. Moreover, kids always follow your example. So, why not use it to your advantage and develop some eco-friendly habits in your child?
Given the poor condition of the environment, we should try to raise a generation that respects nature. Here is how you can raise a child who is eco-conscious and sensitive about nature:
Encourage your kids to spend time outdoors
These days kids are more inclined towards spending time with their gadgets rather than spending time outdoors. The internet, video-games, and other tech advancements have gripped the new generation in their shackle, not letting them explore the wonders cavorting outside.
Break the shackles and let your kid wander into nature. It is the first step to get your child into an eco-conscious space.
Take them out for bicycle rides, fishing, camping, and trekking. Let them have a confab with the marvels bestowed upon us by the Almighty.
By staying amidst nature, your kids will grow up appreciating it. Moreover, being in nature instills positivity in people. Staying outdoors will boost the mental health of your child.
Teach them to recycle
Recycling is one of the most potent ways to keep the environment clean and green. By cutting down the amount of non-biodegradable waste, you contribute to reducing air, land, and water pollution. Hence, teach your kids to recycle and reuse as much as they can.
Place multiple trash cans to dispose of plastic, glass, and paper waste, and teach them to segregate trash.
Composting is another way to help your kids realize the value of recycling, reusing, and reducing. Create a compost pit in your backyard to teach your kid the difference between biodegradable waste and non-biodegradable waste.
Your kids will be elated to find out how waste can turn into someone else’s food.
Teach them to conserve energy
The depleting reservoirs of energy are the biggest concern of the world. Teach your kids the importance of conserving energy and foster energy-saving habits in them.
Tell them to turn off the tap while brushing. Encourage your kids to have a bucket bath instead of bathing in a shower. Using half flush on the toilet after peeing, switching lights off when not in the room, and not leaving the gadgets plugged into the chargers overnight are some good habits that will take your kid a long way on this path of ensuring sustainability.
Encourage them to use eco-friendly transport
Instead of driving your kids to school or their friend’s place, encourage them to use eco-friendly means of transportation, like a cycle or public transport. If a place is not too far away from your home, whip up your kids to walk or ride their bikes.
Make them understand the effects of air pollution, and tell them how a simple thing like using eco-friendly transport helps in minimizing air pollution and saving fuel.
Discuss environmental problems with them
How will your kid learn the importance of eco-consciousness, unless they know what is negatively impacting nature?
Discuss all the environmental issues with them, such as the negative effects of deforestation, air, land, and water pollution, oil spilling, etc. Educate them about the measures the authorities are taking to reverse the damage, such as plantation drives, anti-pollution measures, oil spilling solutions like using filtration fabric, etc.
Making your kid aware of these things is an important step to make them eco-conscious.
The bottom line
“Daily deeds determine destiny,” says Barney Matthews.
Instilling some simple eco-friendly habits into your child will make a big difference in determining the future of this planet. Use these tips to foster good habits in your child and make them eco-conscious.