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Help Your Children Protect Their Environment

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Today’s children are exposed to scary headlines about the environment and they may feel nervous when they see such events as Hurricane Sandy’s devastation on the East Coast. You can help your children take charge of these feelings. Help them overcome their feelings of vulnerability by giving them specific tasks to improve the environment.

Obviously, you should use recycling

Perhaps your city has a recycling system set up where your trash is assigned to various units. Your child can help you sort paper products and plastic to save and recycle. Older children can research where recycling opportunities are available in your community.

Kids love to muck around in the dirt

Teach them how to create a compost pile. You can show them how to save apple cores, potato peels, coffee grounds, and other organic leftovers. Let them handle the compost pile. They will get a lot of satisfaction out of adding to it on a regular basis, turning the material, and using it to plant new plants.

Let them choose and plant their own flowers, fruits, or vegetables

You can give them advice about what will work and what won’t work. For instance, if you live in a cold climate, they may have to wait a while to plant spring flowers. But don’t take over their garden. Children will get a lot of satisfaction from creating their own growth.

In many places, the topic of drinking water preservation is very serious

You might encourage your children to practice saving freshwater. Does it take a while for the water in the bathtub to heat up? Have them save this water in a bucket and use it to water their garden. If they take showers, they can throw that same bucket in the bathtub and collect some clean water from the leftover shower water. Remind them that soap doesn’t always work well on plants.

If your children have old toys, help them learn to recycle and thereby help other people

Have them round up the toys and take them to a collection center of some sort. Goodwill Industry has collection centers all over the country and they love getting toys. Habitat for Humanity has collection centers in many places. And your local church may have collection centers to donate items to those who can’t afford to buy them. Encourage your children to understand that by recycling something they no longer use, they are not only benefiting someone else, but they are benefiting the earth.

Older children can learn to recycle all those many electronics they no longer use. Did you buy your child a new cell phone? What are they going to do with the old one? Let them do the research and decide the best manner of disposal. Perhaps the phone is not worth passing along to someone else, in which case they can find a local center to recycle used electronics.

Children may not say they’re worried about the changing environment. But you have an opportunity to let them learn how to change what they can by their own actions. Help your children learn to be good stewards of the earth, and you will teach them to be more confident about their future.

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