There are many ways to bring green ideals into your parenting. Start by modeling ecologically conscious behavior for your children. Discuss your choices with them, explaining why you made them and how they are helpful for the environment. There are many children’s books that foster respect for nature. A few are The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Aani and the Tree Huggers by Jeannine Atkins, and The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. You can also help them to understand their connection to nature. Explain where food comes from, and expose them to farms and fisheries.
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There are now many green products available that can be useful when raising a child. From cloth diapers to safe sippy cups to organic food, you can begin your baby or small child to using green products. You might even tell your child (once they are old enough to understand) that their products are environmentally friendly and explain why this is important. Take your hcild to the park and the zoo and other outdoor areas where they can learn to appreciate nature and understand why some plants and animals are endangered.
Education is one of the best ways to encourage a green lifestyle and giving your child the resources and understanding will provide them with the opportunity to grow up recycling and conserving the environment. They will share this knowledge with their friends and future families and a great trend will begin!
I would say the best way to be a green parent is to lead by example. Kids always look up to their parents, and if you are environmentally conscious, they will show an interesting in being that way too. You can talk to them about the importance of recycling and turning of the lights when you are not using them. You can also show them green products when shopping at the store and talk about how they benefit the environment. Even just talking about what your children like about the outdoors would be helpful.
Great question. There is always a way to be a certain kind of parent. This takes time, commitment, love, and knowledge. I would say the biggest thing about being a “green” parent is being “green” yourself and understanding the ins and outs of the environmental movement. Additionally, I would get your kid involved in environmental cleanups at a young age and get him in with the “green” crowd. Hope this helps 🙂
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