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Have you ever thought about which superpower you'd most like to have or which superhero you'd want to be? We may not feel like it, but I think as parents we're superheroes to our kids, and we don't even realize it. These little guys (and gals) look up to us like nobody else. We're the ones they want to spend time with. We're the ones they come to when they're bored or when they get hurt. And we're the ones who teach them good (and sometimes bad) habits.
Teaching our kids to make eco-friendly choices could be one of the most superhero-esque things we could ever do… Because when you think about it, if we teach our kids to take care of their world, they'll grow up to do the same with their kids. And hopefully, generation upon generation can enjoy a beautiful earth for years to come.
So, how can we as parents be true superheroes of our homes and teach our kids to follow our lead in the quest to make earth-friendly choices? There are so many ways! Below is a FUN “Are You a True Hero of the House” quiz to see how eco-friendly your current choices really are. Keep reading for more info!
10 Ways You Can Teach Your Kids to Make Eco-Friendly Choices
1. Turn the water off while brushing teeth. It seems so simple, but when they're brushing their teeth, teach them to turn the water off while they're brushing. Depending on the type of faucet you have, it's possible to waste as much as 5 gallons of water by leaving it on. Teach your kids to turn that faucet off.
2. Speaking of water usage, shorten shower times. Teach them to shower quickly and efficiently, preferably 10 minutes or less.
3.Grow a garden with your kids. Not only does this teach them basic gardening skills, but it teaches them how to be more sustainable. They'll learn how to grow their own food, from planting to harvesting to setting it on the table for dinner.
4. Teach them not to litter. I think one of the things that bothers me most when we're out exploring is seeing trash littering the side of a road or left in a campsite. It's important to teach our kids not to be careless but to put trash where it actually belongs.
5. Get them outside into nature. I really believe one of the things that goes right along with teaching kids not to litter and to care for the environment is to get them outside. Give them the opportunity to experience nature and to learn more about the natural world. Whether they're interested in birds of prey or Bigfoot, embrace their interests and give them time and opportunity to explore and seek answers to the questions they have.
6. Turn off the tv (and lights). Our whole family is bad about leaving the tv on whenever we leave the room. This is definitely one of those lead by example habits, but save energy by turning off the tv.
7. Unplug devices. Or better yet, get your kids a power strip and have them turn it off with the flip of a switch when they're not using it.
8. Recycle with your kids! Set up a recycling station with your kids, and teach them which trash is actually recyclable. Get them involved in the process now, and they'll be more apt to continue these habits through adulthood.
9. Speaking of recycling, teach your kids to re-purpose. My grandparents (who lived through the Great Depression) knew how to re-purpose just about anything. They didn't hoard, but they saved just about everything, and they had a purpose in mind for all of those things. Teach your kids that instead of buying new, we re-purpose and fix what we can. Teach them basic life skills that will carry them through life.
10. Plant trees with your kids. Trees give us oxygen, food, and so much more, so plant trees together. And did you know that planting deciduous trees on the east, west, and northwest sides of your home can save on your heating/air conditioning bill? It's true!
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