What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

RAISING OUR KIDS TO LOVE THE ENVIRONMENT

     Home  >  Articles  > HOW TO GUIDES
by Dr. Susan Bartell

Related: environment, world environment day, sustainable, nature, kids, children, go green, family, parenting, teach, tips, advice, recycle,


Going a little greener here and there is not only easier than making huge, unrealistic changes, it's also more likely to instill a lifelong environmentally conscious attitude in your child. Here's tips on how to teach your kids to respect the natural world and live sustainably.

 

Each year on June 5, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) encourages every person all over the world to celebrate World Environment Day (WED). This global call to respect and preserve our one and only earth is the perfect time to teach your child (and remind yourself) how important it is to "reuse, recycle, and reduce."

child learns to recycle; going greenAfter all, before long the future of our planet will be in the hands of the next generation. We must give them the tools they need to ensure that they can take care of it. It will then be a beautiful and safe place on which they - and their children - will be able to live.

As with every successful transformation, taking small steps in the right direction is much more likely to lead to permanent achievement than is making large, sweeping changes that might be difficult for you or your child to sustain in the long run. Therefore, while it might be an ideal goal to buy every organic product on the market, or donate to each organization seeking to save an endangered species, it's not always practical for every family. However, there are many easy and inexpensive ways that you and your child can become "greener" that will not only support a healthier environment but will teach your child the importance of saving the world, making it more likely that he will continue to do so in adulthood.

 

Love nature.

Beginning when your child is young, show her the importance of caring for and respecting nature. Teach respect for plant life through gardening and for animal life through being kind and gentle to all animals. Talk to your child about endangered species and the reason they are becoming extinct. Take active vacations and day trips to areas that further instill in your child a love of the natural world.

(Browse a list of local nature centers, gardens, and zoos at www.nymetroparents.com/nature.)

 

Save water.

Teach your child to turn off the faucet while brushing his teeth, take shorter showers, and tell you about drips that require repair. Model water conservation by waiting until you have a full load before washing laundry or dishes.

 

Recycle as much as you can.

Teach your child about plastic and paper recycling by reusing shopping bags and taking bottles to recycle. Recycle old toys and household items by having garage sales or giving them away (it's less that will end up in a landfill). Find out the safest way to recycle electronics and take your child with you to the recycling center when you do so.

 

Recycle paper in your home.

Keep a basket for paper that has a second useable side. Your child can use it for drawing or homework scrap paper. You can use it for shopping lists and notes. Recycle newspapers regularly.

 

Choose real china and silverware.

It may be easier to use and throw away paper and plastic plates and cups, but it is better for the earth to use permanent dishes, silverware, and glasses. Save paper goods for special occasions, like big parties or barbecues. Take the time to explain to your child why you are making this choice.

 

Dr. Susan Bartell is a nationally recognized child psychologist, speaker, and award-winning author. Her latest book is "The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask."

 


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More HOW TO GUIDES Articles

All Aboard for a DIY Train Halloween Costume
Answers to Common Questions Parents Have About Homework
Three Tips to Help Your Child With Homework
How To Make Your Own Slime
Master Carver Thomas Olton on Carving Pumpkins with Kids

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local HOW TO GUIDES Sponsors

Not Just ArtĀ®/Music TogetherĀ®
183 South St.
Oyster Bay, NY
516-922-8300
Music, art & science enrichment for infants, toddl...

MVI Mortgage
25 Rosemere St
Rye, NY
877-541-3357
MVI Mortgage: Lowest Rates and Simplest Process i...

Paintball Arena
400 Patton Ave
West Babylon, NY
631-694-2707
Looking for adventure? Paintball Arena offers kids...

Magic of Amore (The)
631-246-5222
Experience edge-of-your-seat fun! Amazing Americ...

Celebrate! Party Showcase
Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Rd.
Tarrytown , New York
646-652-7512
Celebrate! Party Showcase, now in its 21st year, w...
See Our HOW TO GUIDES Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE