How do we best teach our children to be environmentally friendly?Â Parents don’t want to minimize the impact of pollution and global warming, yet they don’t want to scare their children withÂ all of theÂ 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 seeÂ you recycling, taking part in activities to clean up your community or doing something as simple asÂ switching to a reusable water bottle instead of buying single-use plasticÂ water bottles. Explain to your children why you’reÂ taking part in these activities.
Secondly, introducing children to theÂ outdoors is key. Taking walks with your childrenÂ andÂ introducing them to theÂ beauty of nature.Â Encourage your children to step away from the television, computerÂ and video games long enough to enjoyÂ 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 backyardÂ with your children can make all the difference inÂ the appreciation they develop for the world around them!