Teaching Your Children to Go Green
Many adults know the benefits of going green, but are your children
aware of the impact they may be having on the environment? Below are
five unique ideas for teaching your kids why it's important to green
while also showing them how to do it hands on.
If you can, enroll your child in a Michigan Green School
By sending your kids to a green school, they will learn about reducing,
reusing and recycling on a daily basis - this is something that other
schools may not incorporate into their curriculum.
Teach your kids how to recycle
Make sure your children understand the importance of recycling. You can
do this by having them help with your recycling routine - you can teach
them which items can be recycled and which one's can't, while also
showing them how to sort the items.
Tell your children that the little things matter
Whether it's turning off the light in an unoccupied room, shutting off
the water while you brush your teeth or closing the window while the air
conditioning is running, every little effort to protect the environment
and lower your bills counts.
Purchase green toys for your little ones
Companies like Green Toys, which is based in California, offer toys for
young children that are both safe and eco-friendly. You can purchase
Green Toys products at Toys R Us, or you can check out what's in your
area as far as independently owned toy stores that may carry green
Instruct your family to eat healthy
Buying fresh, organic produce and feeding it to your children from an
early age can get them into the habit of loving what's good for them.
Raising your kids on a fast-food diet can show them that it doesn't
matter what food you put into your body. Because it does matter and can
affect their health later in life, showing them the right foods to eat
can be an effective way of getting the point across.
About the author
Jennifer Griffin is a writer for
http://GreeningDetroit.com, an online directory of green products
and services. She writes various news articles pertaining to green
events happening in the metro Detroit region. She also writes for the
Green Grassroots Blog, in which she writes about people, companies
and organizations in Michigan that are "going green." Jennifer is
currently pursuing a degree in Journalism and English from Wayne State
University, and she is also a contributing writer for WSU's student
newspaper, The South End