Raising Recyclers

How do we best teach our children to be environmentally friendly? Parents don’t want to minimize the impact of pollution and global warming, yet they don’t want to scare their children with all of the frightening statistics either. Sometimes the simple approach is the best.

First of all, being a good “green” role model for your children is essential. Let your children see you recycling, taking part in activities to clean up your community or doing something as simple as switching to a reusable water bottle instead of buying single-use plastic water bottles. Explain to your children why you’re taking part in these activities.
Secondly, introducing children to the outdoors is key. Taking walks with your children and introducing them to the beauty of nature. Encourage your children to step away from the television, computer and video games long enough to enjoy hiking, gardening or just taking in the wildlife surrounding them. Making the time to play in the park or just enjoying time in your own backyard with your children can make all the difference in the appreciation they develop for the world around them!