Monday, April 2, 2012

Your Children and Green Living

Our children are the future. These are the generations that have to live on this planet in the years to come. They will be the ones that make the laws and shape their children's future. This is why it's important to teach the importance of green living.

Green living is living life in which the earth is taken care while being smart with what the earth provides and all manmade items. Teaching your children about this can be easy and fun.

How can it be fun? Here are few ideas for you and your family to learn more about green living and saving the future.
  • Start Small
Don't go into a life of green living thinking you need to change everything overnight. Anytime you make changes to your lifestyle you need to take it one step at a time to ensure success. Trying to do too much at one time will frustrate you and your children as well as exhaust all of you. Focus on one thing. When you have that going well, add another green living activity. It will all become second nature soon.
  • Conserve Energy
Look around your house and notice how many lights are on that are not needed. When a child leaves the room, they typically forget to turn the light off. They even turn the light on when there is no need to. Televisions are left on for hours at a time with no one watching it. So many electrical devices are plugged in and rarely used.

What can you do?
  1. Put tape over the light switches to stop incessant usage.
  2. Unplug all unused appliances or electronics such as the coffee maker, DVD player, etc.
  3. Have fun using candles or hurricane lamps at night with the children when bright light is not needed for activities such as cooking or reading.
  4. Use energy efficient light bulbs and nightlights.
  • Recycle
Recycling is huge. So much feels a landfill. Take your child to see what a landfill looks like and all the garbage that is placed there that could be reused. It can be fun finding new ways to use items that you once threw away.

What can you do?
  1. Stop before throwing something away and see who can come up with the best ways to reuse it.
  2. Start small and choose one item a week and follow through on it.
  3. Compost - recycle foods and other organic material by creating a compost heap.
  4. Take the compost further and create a worm farm. That can be so much fun and even part of a child's science project.
  • Shopping
Green living can be taught through your shopping trips. So much is wasted in the grocery stores that we don't even realize.

What can you do?
  1. Talk to your child about packaging and if it can be reused.
  2. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of buying in bulk.
  3. Talk about smart shopping.
  4. Go over how every purchase effects the environment.
  5. Give them a chance to choose the foods and make the decisions.
  6. Take your own bags to shop with. Maybe even make your own from recycled cloth.
  • Paper
We all use so much paper. Yet so much can be used again and again in various forms.

What can you do?
  1. Have a place where all paper can go and be reused.
  2. Use recycled paper for drawing and cutting for projects.
  3. Reuse paper as scratch paper.
  4. Use in compost or worm farm.
  5. Use as a bonfire starter or for campfires.
  • Grow Your Own Garden
Nothing says green living then growing your own vegetables. It can be fun and educational as your children work the ground and create meals for your family.

What can you do?
  1. Have each family member with their own garden plot.
  2. Let them choose their own seeds.
  3. Take pictures of the growth of the plants.
  4. Make a gardening scrapbook.
  5. Take extra fresh vegetables to a friend or neighbor.
  6. Have a special meal with all the produce from the garden.
  7. Compost garden waste.
  8. Use the worms in your worm farm to enhance the garden.
  • Other Ideas
These are just a few ideas you can take to use with your children and other family members to learn about green living. Here are just a few others that you can use and expand on:
  1. Walk to the places nearby instead of driving.
  2. Spend more time outside appreciating the results of green living.
  3. Share with family and friends.
  4. Catch rainwater for gardening or for small pools.
  5. Hand wash clothes.
  6. Hang laundry out to dry.
Take these ideas as starting points to have fun teaching your children about green living. Show them that they are creating a future for themselves and their own families.

Amy Brown currently runs Livesnet with her friends, a site on baby product reviews and parenting tips.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent green living ideas, I really like power saving, own garden ideas. As well these are the great ideas for green living.