Your kids look to you for an example in all things. Though they may rebel, they’ll ultimately talk like you, eat like you, work like you, and play like you. And when it comes to caring for the planet, they’ll live as green as you.
In honor of Arbor Day, here are some tips to make green living with kids as simple as possible.
We can all improve our carbon footprint by opting for the bike instead of the car for a quick run to the corner store. Instill a love for self-propelled travel in your kids by taking the family for the occasional bike ride or walk through the neighborhood.
Those disposable diapers, sandwich bags, and water bottles have a way of adding up over time. Even if the waste is out of sight and out of mind on a landfill, you’re still feeling the waste on your wallet. Look into purchasing eco-friendly kids products instead; there are plenty of options. You’ll find they last longer and make green living with kids even easier.
Grow a Family Garden
A garden is a simple step to self-sufficiency and green living. Plant an herb or vegetable in a pot and leave it on your counter. Get your kids involved by assigning them planting or watering duty.
The most important thing you can do to get your kids to live green is to involve them in the decision-making process. Ask for their input when planning a bike ride. Give them a section of the garden to make their own. Bring them to the store to pick out groceries and eco-friendly products.
“Life is defined by the choices we make, and it’s important that we equip our children by teaching decision-making skills starting at a young age,” says Dr. Allie Ticktin. “By building small choices into the daily routine, you are teaching your child to be an active part of the decision-making process and allowing them to learn to manage both decisions and their outcomes.”
Green living with kids doesn’t have to be a herculean effort. It can be as simple as setting a good example for them. Live an active lifestyle, buy eco-friendly products, grow a garden, and ask them for their input whenever you can. You’ll find your love for our planet rubbing off on them.