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June 24, 2012

Teaching Our Children to Go Green

Climate change is one of the most discussed issues in our society today. Human activities is one of the causes of this change. The good news is that many of us can help in our own little ways to bring it under control by following some simple steps. When we live light on the earth, we are also saving money at the same time. Going green is an effective method that enables us to be more environmental friendly. When we go green, we are helping to save this lovely planet for our children's future and our grandchildren and their generation will be thankful for that.

Going green as parents/adults will definitely make a change but teaching our children/young ones to go green will make a greater and long lasting impact on our planet. Raising  green children will teach them to respect the environment and it's resources. It is good to start when they are young because the formative years of a child's life is the most important time to provide him with learning activities.

Here are some easy ways to help our children go green.

 * Teach them to Turn off Lights and appliances when not in use. Electronic appliances, even after switching them off still continues to consume energy. Teach the children to turn off lights, television,  etc. before leaving the room.

 * Turn off the water while brushing or showering.

* Say NO to food wastage.

*Start an organic garden. Kids loves getting dirty and getting dirty with can be so much fun. A good way to teach them about going green is by starting their own organic garden. This helps them understand the preciousness of natural resources and they also feel the sense of accomplishment. Allow them to help out in tending the organic garden everyday (eg watering the plants). If  you don't have a garden, planting a container herb garden  is a good idea.

  Reuse. Always learn the habit of reusing what you've got. Children will appreciate this virtue when it's passed on to them.

Teach them to give to others what they are not using. Children grow at a very fast pace. Most often their clothes, Shoes, Toys, etc are barely used. These items are still good and can still be good to others. Instead of trashing them, we are making others smile. Teaching them the benefits of sharing and caring for others will make them better adult.

What other tips do you have? Please share.


May said...

Very informative post.You know sometimes my kids will request we drive around with the car but i always teach them that driving often with cars increase environmental pollution.

Nekky said...

Thanks May for this tip. A lot needs to be said about this topic. Walking some distance is good for our health and also to our environment.

Teaching Tiny Tots said...

Thanks for stopping by the Teaching Tiny Tots community at Blog Frog and sharing your green tips for kids!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It is good to be back at last catching up with your blogging activities, love the expat post :)

Spanish Pinay said...

great post. we all need to be reminded of the benefits and importance of going green :)

Spanish Pinay

InSeason Mom Cynthia said...

Except for doing school work, I always encourage my daughters to write/draw on the back of the notebook paper as well as the front.

~wickedlysexy c",? said...

a very nice article about keeping the world green...i always tell my kid to keep his trash inside his pocket or a pocket of his bag, if he cannot put it in a trash bin...

thanks for stopping by my nice to read something written from another part of the globe...hope you can frequent my site!

Mom from Manila

renate said...

like you blog:) and following through

RJ, the Hope Coach said...

First time follower from voiceBoks:-)

As mom to four now grown kids, I especially appreciate you point of helping kids give away what they grow out of or no longer use. Both of my sons now do this as a matter of routine. What a great way to combat the natural tendency of kids to be self-centered!

RJ, the Hope Coach

Lexie Lane said...

I really like this post Nechy. I believe it IS really important to teach our children to go green as it is more their future than ours. Everything around us has been telling us to do so for many years, but it's just now that many of us are actually paying attention to it. Better late than never though, right?

By the way, it's really wonderful to have you back with us at voiceBoks.

Hope you have a wonderful week!



Sarah said...

These are great tips. My son is only 16 months old but I'm trying to raise him green from the very beginning! The tip I want to add is about buying from your local community- decreases our carbon footprint in several ways!

GJT said...

We use a lot of these techniques in our house all of the time. We've also started a Creative Recycling center in our house, with old paper, cardboard boxes, egg cartons, etc, so the kids can use them for crafts...

Gina from vB

S. Greiner said...

Great easy to do tips for my kiddos. I've noticed they are really quick to pick up on "safe" behaviors so hopefully they will quickly pick up on some "green" ones too!

Stopping by from voiceBoks!

Anonymous said...

Little ones can also be taught to recycle. My kids are very good at appropriately separating the trash and they love it (don't know why lol).

Volunteering for a city-wide clean up day is also a way to teach kids about the importance of taking care of our environment. My kids loved it and I beamed with pride to have my family cleaning up our beautiful town =)

Love your blog!


P.S. Visiting from voiceBoks!

Kathy said...

Thank you for some very simple tips to help my kids be greener!! You lay it out very nicely and very simply!!!

Visiting from voiceboks!!!
Kathy - My diswasher's possessed

Sadie said...

I'm big into litter free lunches. Let pack it and make it at home instead of buying something packaged at the store...probably healthier too!

Sadie via VoiceBoks

Nekky said...

I'm so pleased with all the comments and wonderful tips from you moms. I'm getting some new ideas/tips from your comments too.

Lisa Ladrido said...

Great post and tips! Always reminded my sons the importance of conserving and protecting our planet.
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Gina @ said...

What a great way to encourage kids to save the planet!
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Beth said...

Hi, stopping by from VoiceBoks! My girl is only 11 months, but we are trying to start getting ourselves more green so we can teach her. We have an organic garden and compost pile this year, and we just got a recycling service. Now if only I could get my husband to stop leaving on the bathroom light. LOL

Patricia said...

Love the post, thanks for all the tips.
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Shannon Milholland said...

Love the post - great tips! Visiting you from VoiceBoks. There is so much to teach our kids but sometimes they teach us things back. :)

Jenn said...

All wonderful suggestions! Now if only I could convince my son to stop using hand soap to make "pretend lemonade!" He fills my pampered chef mixing pitcher with water, then pumps half a bottle of foaming soap into it and mixes it all around to watch it foam up! No matter how many times I yell at him for wasting soap, I can't seem to break his fascination with this! Maybe I have a budding chemist on my hands!

Anyway, I'm stopping by from voiceBoks members to remember! Already following! Have a great week!


Jessica E said...

This is a wonderful post with great tips. I am a new follower, stopping by from MBC.


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