In a world where natural resources are fast diminishing, it is becoming increasingly important to educate children to respect and protect the environment. It’s never too early to start raising an environmentally conscious child.
Of course the best way to raise an environmentally conscious child is by modelling the behaviour. Show them that you care for the environment as a family. Lead by example and explain your actions and the consequences.
Here are five simple effective ideas on raising an environmentally conscious child from My Smart Kid
- Encourage a love of nature by spending as much time outdoors as possible. When the weather permits, take your baby outside to look at the wind rustling the leaves or take a stroll around your neighbourhood while chatting about the cloud formations, colourful flowers or the smell of freshly cut grass. Rather than spending time in front of the TV set, plan an outdoor activity with your child. Visit a nearby park or go to the beach – even if it’s just for a walk.
- Teach your child how to recycle or reduce waste by saving materials that can be used for art projects or playschool activities. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
- Talk about the importance of saving water while brushing their teeth, washing their hands or taking a shower. Set a good example and they are sure to follow your lead.
- Discourage littering and cultivate respect for all animals. Explain the devastating effects of littering on our environment and wild life. Plastic containers are choking our oceans and metal tins, fishing tackle and broken glass are but a few examples of waste that injures or kills various animal species.
- Make a healthier choice and swop packaged, store-bought food for home-grown alternatives like tomatoes from your vegetable garden or fruit from your nearest farmer’s market. Nature provides us with great choices for meals and snack time, but we have to make a habit of pointing these out to our kids and showing them how it’s done.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.