A Green family and household means that all members must be fully committed to ensure success! This is not always possible. For instance, my husband thought my green-kick was a ridiculous phaze- like blonde hair or cut off shorts- UNTIL he saw the difference. For my children, going green means fun activities with mom, such as gardening, recycling and crafts! For my husband, it means lower bills. Hey, to each their own!!
As far as the children in the household go- activities are the best way to promote green living. Children do not learn through lectures (or atleast mine certainly do not), they learn through experience, actions and creating their own knowledge and ideas. One tip for starting a more green-lifetsyle with your children is by sitting down and brainstorming. All you need is a large poster board and a marker. Then get the juices flowing by asking the children how they think they could cut down the use of water and electricity and how the can create less waste/trash. For Dad, just ask him how he thinks he can save a little cash each month. You may need to coach your children along with hints.
Below are brainstorming questions for your children (and husband if heÃƒ’š choose to listen)
1. How can we use less electricity and energy?
* By turning out lights when you are not in the room.
* By using candles at night (which not only saves electricity, but may be a good way to relax and wind down from the day).
* By unplugging things that are not in use, such as the computer, DVD players, phone chargers, or certain clocks.
* Use energy efficient lightbulbs. Let your children go around the house and help replace the old ones….action speaks louder than words remember!
2. How can we use less water?
* Turn the water off when brushing your teeth.
* Take shorter showers, or use less water in the tubby.
3. How can we make less waste?
* Reuse items as often as possible. CRAFTS!!! This is mine and my children’s favorite “green” activity. We love to take items such as old butter containers, or paper towel rolls and finding new, creative ways to make them useful. Perhaps by making binoculars, or storing treasures in.
* Create a compost for leaves, leftovers, uneaten food, and dirt. Then use your compost to help your garden grow (gardening is a lovely, and fun green activity as well!!)
After you and your family have finished brainstorming, try to remember to put your ideas to use. Maybe keep track of your “green-ness” by checking off ways you were earth conscious each day, perhaps a reward system would be beneficial! Maybe your child could choose which flower or veggie to grow next in the garden after they gained so many points! And for your husband, ask him to pull out last months bill and compare in to this month, so everyone can see the difference! Then, maybe spend what you saved on a fun family activity or begin saving for a family vacation!
Living green should be fun, and creative! Teaching your children to reduce, reuse and recycle should beneficial for the whole family if done right!