It’s been often said that children are like sponges in how they can absorb information. From schoolwork to languages, if they are exposed early enough to new topics, they can not just quickly learn and master them, but make those topics part of their budding lifestyles.

Much is the same with teaching children to be eco-friendly, particularly when they are shown how eco-awareness is a responsibility not just for adults, but people their age as well.

Explain How It Matters

Although children are intuitive, when it comes to being eco-friendly, it is still important to explain to them why awareness of the planet is important. Reveal to them that Earth is a living, breathing entity, and that there are many things humans can do, both positively and negatively to impact the air, water and land.

Be discretionary, however, with examples such as photos, television shows or articles. It’s suggested that children should not be scared into being eco-aware, but introduced to the idea.

Set An Example

It is important for the parent to practice what they preach in regard to being eco-friendly, by telling as well as showing. Demonstrate recycling to them from the moment a plastic bottle is finished to when it is either put in the recycling bin or taken to a recycling center. The same can be done with the newspaper and other disposable goods.

Another good example for children can come while driving. A parent can outline to a child how important it is to stay below the speed limit, not just for safety and law-abiding reasons, but ecological reasons as driving slower causes a vehicle to use less fuel and other resources as well as pollute less.

Depending upon how eco-friendly a family setting is (or wants to be), there are many other examples from food waste to utility usage, such as water and electricity, that can be given as examples to future eco-friendly kids.

Go Beyond The Resources

In almost every case of conservation toward being eco-friendly, money is saved. Finances could be another way to teach kids how to be eco-friendly. Show them how using less lights, or turning up the thermostat at home, can not only help the environment, but also save the household money.

Again, anything that is useable in a home can illustrate how to conserve while also saving money. All a parent has to do is use their imagination.

Hand The Responsibility To Them

Kids love nature. Whether swimming in the ocean and playing on the beach, or hiking in the mountains, children seem to have their own deep connection to the planet that almost seems hardwired inside them.

A parent can take advantage of this connection in reminding a child that the planet needs their love and attention, and that they are very important to its existence. Make them feel like a family member to earth and continually remind them to give the planet the same respect as they would want from it.

Be Encouraging

If your child wants to be more proactive in conservation and being eco-friendly, show encouragement toward whatever their ideas may be. If they want to grow a garden, help them with the process of hoeing and planting. Or, if they have a particular idea with disposable materials inside your house, listen and offer suggestions.

Creativity has been shown as a formidable aspect toward being eco-friendly with both adults and children. The good thing about children is if the ideas start when they’re young, more and greater conservation ideas can blossom into something truly earth-saving later in their lives.

Give Them Resources

Go online with your kids and check out what the internet offers in eco-friendly activities for children. There may be a whole host of ideas for you and your kids that you never even thought of.

Two great resources can be found here:

http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/index.cfm

http://life.gaiam.com/article/5-eco-friendly-kids-activities

Dave Landry Jr. is an environmental enthusiast who does what he can to protect the natural beauty of planet Earth and spread the word on how we can cultivate its wonders. He also works as a business adviser and debt relief counselor, assisting those in bad financial situations the help they require.

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