If you want your children to embrace a green/eco-life then here are a few suggestions to get them started, after all its what they do that could make all the difference for their children.
• If your child isn’t potty trained, try to using fewer disposable nappies (well, when you can). You could even try using the old-fashioned cloth nappies, which can be washed and reused (also very economical, if not a little stinky!) There is also a practice called Elimination Communication (EC), it involves training your baby to communicate with you when they need to go to the toilet, so you can take them to the real toilet every now and then, thus reducing their dependency on disposable nappies.
• Try and make all your meals at home, thus reducing packaging waste and it also enables you to know exactly what you’re feeding your child. If you really want to go the whole nine yards then why not try to grown a vegetable garden, good for the family and economy, plus it help your children to appreciate food and where it comes from.
• Make your kids love the environment by letting them play and explore it. Let them roll around in the mud, look for creapy crawlies and try and find out what’s on offer in your local community. It’s also a great way to have family time.
• Make recycling fun by making it a game rather than a chore. They’ll learn how to do it and hopefully it become part of their everyday habits.
• There are some great green companies and products out there, so buy them green/eco-toys and books.
• Your little ones will always look up to you (except maybe in those terrible teenager years!) So you need to teach by example, so by living a green life you’ll automatically setting them good habits. Point out what and why you’re doing it when they’re young and hopefully it’ll seep in.