Saturday, February 28, 2015

Practical Tips for Raising Earth-Conscious Children


1st March 2015
By Alexandra Du Toit
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Children these days have many technological distractions that keep them busy and less connected with the environment. Whether it’s a video game, television program or computer screen, children are forgetting how to connect with their natural side.
Many parents seem to be forgetting the importance of teaching children about their intrinsic connection to the earth and their role in protecting the planet for future generations. There are ways to help children cultivate an earth-conscious way of living.
Live by example
Our children learn how to be in the world by learning from what their caregivers do. Educate yourself about ways to help protect our earth, and live by example.
Firstly, turn the television off as much as possible. Children’s television shows are spaced out by commercials which target and manipulate children to want to buy more and want more of products that are wasteful and toxic.
Educate yourself about ways to help protect our earth, and live by example.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Teach your children about all the trash that can be recycled and where it ends up if it’s not. Children love activities where their creativity is challenged. A great idea is to ask your child to find reusable alternatives to disposable household items and turn the trash into treasures. For example, by using finished toilet and paper towel rolls, you can make a musical instrument by putting rice or beans in the roll and taping off both ends. Talk to your children about the importance of minimal packaging and what to recycle and reuse.
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