Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Interested In The Environment

Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Interested In The Environment

These days, getting kids to engage in anything other than their smartphones is extremely tough. Sure, Angry Birds keeps them quiet and occupied. However, when they’re glued to their devices, you may start to worry that they’re missing important life lessons. Like a lot of people, you may want to make your kids conscious of the environment, and humans’ strange place in it all. Here are some tips for getting them interested.

First of all, take them on nature walks. For starters, this is important to make sure they’re getting at least some light that isn’t from a screen. However, it also serves a much more important purpose. They’re probably already hearing about the environment at school. However, without some real exposure to it, this might seem like an abstract concept to them. Getting them out in the great outdoors is a very effective way of getting them thinking about the environment. Hopefully, they’ll be taken in by wonder straight away. If not, turn it into a game. Learn about wildlife from sites like this: http://www.effectivewildlifesolutions.com/are-possums-dangerous/ , and pass on the most interesting facts when you see them in action.

If you want your kids to care more for the environment, then you may have to take a look at your own habits and attitude. It may be hard to believe sometimes, but your kids model their behaviors on what they see you doing. If you break up six-pack holders on the ground and turn off the lights when you leave the room, there’s a fair chance your little ones will do the same. When you’re shopping with your kids, pick up organic fruit and veg, point out the label, and explain why you’re buying them. Care for your back garden, and try to get them involved in helping. Unplug appliances whenever you stop using them. Like anything, you’ll have to tell them time and time again. Still, getting into good habits yourself will certainly help.

Finally, get bikes for the whole family. This ties in nicely with both of my earlier points. When your kids are old enough (usually around 5), teach them how to ride. Seeing them master it is very satisfying as a parent, and they won’t be able to get enough of it either! Once they’re confident enough, take the whole family out for rides through beauty spots. Again, this will encourage them to take more of an interest in the natural world around them. As you bring bikes into the picture, explain to your kids why they’re better for the environment than cars. Obviously, they won’t be able to grasp all the science straight away. However, instilling these values in your kids at an early age will keep them on the right track as they grow. For a little help talking to them, check out this guide: http://tiki.oneworld.org/pollution/pollution_home.html .

There you have just three ways to get your kids interested in the environment. There are many other ways to do this. However, the most important thing is to stay consistent!

 

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