In my family and on this blog, we are going green. As a parent, we always try to do what is right and teach our children these same values. Many of us have considered going green and becoming more environmentally aware, however, many are unsure where to start. And the bigger question – will my family embrace this change?
Going green, becoming green, green living – all mean that you change your behavior and lifestyle to reduce the amount of pollution and waste you generate. All of your actions taken will contribute to sustainable living and will make a positive impact. Being environment friendly is a process which must be done slowly.
The best way to get your entire family on board is by first discussing what “going green” really means. Once everyone understands that it is a new way of thinking, you can then make it fun to implement small changes over time. Here are just a few ways in which you can teach your children how to go green, while understanding the importance of “saving the planet” and ultimately each other.
Ways To Go Green
- Gardening – kids love to play in the dirt, so why not teach them that gardening is a big part of the green movement. Whether you do box gardening or plant a garden in the back yard, get your kids excited to work the soil, plant the seeds, care for the plants and then eat the rewards.
- Power off – saving energy is one of the easiest ways your family can get behind the green movement. Teaching your kids to turn of lights and all electronics when they are not using them, can make a big impact. Want to have some fun with this one? Have a candlelit dinner or a board game night every once in a while to save energy.
- Save Water – this is an easy one – teach your kids not shut the water off while brushing their teeth, take shorter showers and tell them that you will only run the dishwasher or clothes washer when full. You can even explain to them the appliances in your home that are energy-efficient and what that means.
- Recycle – make it a game to teach recycling. Kids can get a point (or a star) for every bottle or paper they put in the recycling bin. You can tie some neat green rewards monthly to the family’s best recycler, such as allowing the winner to choose or plan your next nature day for the family.
There are so many ways you can convert your family to a green family. The key is to start. You might be surprised how much your kids already know from school and television. Make it a part of your family values.
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