Raising children involves a series of lessons for both parents and children as they navigate through the years of childhood. While some lessons are classic generational values, every new generation has its own set of lessons that are based upon current and global events.
Currently, one of the top concerns of mothers is how to raise their children to be eco-aware and environmentally sensitive so that they can grow up to conserve energy and preserve the natural beauty of their surroundings. Fortunately, this is one concern that is simple to handle as raising eco-aware children is as simple as shutting off the power and digging into earth-friendly activities that kids will enjoy.
Replenish the Earth
Because children love messy projects, starting a garden is a great way to get their hands involved in respecting the beauty of nature. Young children can enjoy helping to plant a simple container garden, while older children may even plan a large outdoor area to grow their favorite fruits and vegetables.
By taking part in replenishing the plants that they eat, children will learn a valuable lesson about healthy eating and green living.
Shut Off the Power
Electronic devices and the latest gadgets have become most children’s first choice when it comes to entertainment. Not only do these devices waste energy, but they also take away from a child’s opportunity to learn new skills. Therefore, it is important to take time to explore hobbies and activities that require no electricity.
For example, guitar teachers can encourage children to develop their musical talents while playing an acoustic guitar. By spending a few hours each day away from electronics, children can practice saving electricity while also learning to respect the natural skills that they have learned.
Give Back to the Community
Recycling and reusing old items is an important part of a green lifestyle. Children can learn about the importance of conserving resources by donating items that they no longer use to local charities.
Additionally, children can even hold a book, toy or clothes swap with their neighbors and friends to practice extending the life of the items that they use every day. By helping to give back to the community through recycling and donating items, children will learn about how even small acts can lead to big changes for their environment.
Raising a child to be environmentally conscious is a common goal of many mothers today. By making the most of a child’s naturally helpful and curious nature, parents can help to instill an interest in green living in their children by involving them in everyday activities that are designed to replenish their home and community environments through simple acts that children can help to initiate in their daily routine.
Thank you to Becky W., a freelance writer who has a passion for family, education and technology, for another great guest post. Becky loves to cook, read and travel in her limited spare time.