5 Fun Ways to Share Bee-ing Green with Your Kids

5 Fun Ways to Share Bee-ing Green with Your Kids
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Sustainable parenting refers to the practice of teaching kids how to provide for their own needs while causing minimum negative impact on the environment. It is important to teach young children the "whys" and the "hows" of living a sustainable lifestyle. Kids that are taught the values of being green are more likely to grow up to become green adults who are essential providers to a more sustainable future.

All of the environmental issues and initiatives that we are presently faced with today can be taught to children in age appropriate and exciting ways. Issues such as climate changes, deforestation, pollution and extinction can be explained. And, initiatives such as alternative energy, recycling, reducing and donating can be taught and put into practice. The trick is not to overwhelm and bore; boring teachings can lead to resentment and rebelling, however, teaching in fun and practical ways can spark appreciation and grow motivation.

Five Fun Way to Teach your Kids about Sustainability:

1. Teach by Example: Kids are like sponges they have the copycat ability to absorb the thoughts, actions and lifestyles of those who influence them the most. So, teaching by example is the number one way to enforce sustainable parenting. Turn off lights when you leave the room, shut off water when you brush and wash the dishes, eat healthy, walk instead of drive and shop locally. These observed actions will encourage kids to follow.

2. Animation Teaching: It is no secret that children love characters and cartoons, so use those aids to teach Eco in a way that they will enjoy. There are animated books, video games, DVDs and websites catered to sustainable teachings - just do a little research online and visit your local library for resources.

3. Get them Involved: Recycle with your kids and explain to them that their actions are saving landfill space and cutting down on the use of raw materials. Donate your time and money with your kids; let them know that their selfless actions are helping to save animals and plant life and providing aid to a cleaner tomorrow.

4. Reward their Efforts: We all like to be rewarded; it is the “if I do this, then I will get that” incentive that influences us to work harder. Kids are no different - reward their sustainable actions and efforts with small prizes, and make a big deal out of it! For example, you can create a weekly sustainable chart; your child will get a check mark next to green actions they complete such as turning off lights and water, and recycling and reusing. Then, at the end of the week he or she will be rewarded with a small monetary reward or a something like a sticker. Let your kids know that their small actions are a big deal; shower them with high fives and exaggerated kudos.

5. Connect with Nature: Kids have a natural love for the environment; they are awed by bug life, animals, plant life and by being outdoors in general. Keep you kids connected with nature by playing outdoors, going on nature walks, farm tours and by getting them involved with gardening.

The children are our future; we need to make sure they grow up with a sense of compassion and connection with our earth so they become responsible and ethical leaders of tomorrow. If we take the time to teach our kids the value of living sustainability, we make an investment in the future of ourselves and of our children.


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