It’s every parent's desire to see their children happy, healthy and successful. This requires good upbringing and quality education. However, practical knowledge and useful skills aren’t all there is to know about life. It’s also essential to invest a lot of time and patience into your children so that they grow up to be kind and honest people. Teaching them how to interact with people and other children in their life is one way to achieve this, and another is showing them how to care for the environment and love nature and all its gifts. Here are some interesting ways to instill a love for nature in your kids.
Spend some time together in your backyard
If there’s enough room in your backyard for a tree or two, some bushes, flowers or an eco-friendly garden, use it to teach your kids some basic gardening skills and, through this, work on enhancing their appreciation for nature. Teach them how to make compost, how to use gardening tools and how to grow organic fruit and vegetables. Not only will this activity be pleasurable to your kid, since they’re always excited about doing what their parents do, but they will also get the chance to acquire some new and valuable skills. They will be thrilled to observe plants as they grow, especially if those plants are food and they get to pick them and eat them once everything is ripe. However, they will probably enjoy planting flowers or trees in order to make your backyard appealing as well. So, next time you want to spend some quality time with your little ones, you needn’t go any further than your backyard.
Be eco-friendlier at home
From sorting trash and saving energy to choosing the right materials for flooring or furniture, there are many things you can do at home to make your everyday life environmentally friendly. As soon as your kids can walk and dispose of their own garbage, teach them to separate plastic from glass and paper from organic waste. Present it as a game at first, to get them animated. If they start doing it early enough, they’ll grow up knowing how to avoid the most common recycling mistakes. Brush your teeth at the same time as them, so that they see that you don’t let the water flow for longer than necessary. Plus, brushing teeth together is much more fun than doing it alone. If they see you turn off the lights when nobody is in a room, they won’t mind doing it themselves once they can reach the light switch. When redecorating your home, take them with you and let them choose some of the furniture. For instance, they can choose a beautiful natural jute rug for their own room and order it online. If jute isn’t something they like, they can get cotton and wool rugs in various colors and patterns. Eco-friendly children will grow into adults who treat this planet responsibly, so teach them while they’re young.
Take them to a farm
As an increasing number of parents try to raise environmental awareness in their children, farm owners have realized that they can help. This is why many of them have opened their gates for little visitors. In fact, some of them even offer weekend camping spots on their grounds. This could be a great opportunity to let your kids learn about farm animals and plants. For example, although your kid probably knows milk comes from cows, they’ll most likely be ecstatic if they get the chance to milk a cow themselves. Furthermore, perhaps you can introduce them to horse riding and its amazing benefits. Maybe they can pick apples, peaches, strawberries or any other seasonal fruits, or they can see how tomatoes, peppers or pumpkins are grown. By petting animals and interacting with them, your children will develop an appreciation for all life, which is priceless and something that can’t be taught from books, computers or TV. Finally, the fact that they’re outdoors in the fresh air is a great thing to begin with, since it can make them healthier, both physically and mentally.
Making sure your children regard this planet with the utmost respect is something you should take upon yourself as a parent. After all, it isn’t a difficult job. All you have to do is show them by example and you’ll be fine.