|Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM|
Most parents agree children need to be charged with some form of personal responsibility to instill independence and problem solving skills. On top of the worthwhile burdens of household management, homework, healthy meals and daily dramas, where do we find time to consider which tasks our children can confidently under take?
One not-so-obvious answer is sustainability. Whether you feel being green is a fad or here to stay, sustainability is an fantastic opportunity to put your children in charge of that "something" they require to feel confident in their household contributions. Putting your children in charge of your household's green agenda builds knowledge and good habits for kids, as well as parents.
Children are like our own personal 50 gigabyte key drives. They remember everything, "Mom, you promised!" or, "Dad, you said I could!" Put those young minds to constructive use by charging them with the important role of Eco Police. When empowering your little officers to upholding Mother Nature's laws in your kingdom, their duties can include:
Give your children room to indulge themselves in their new role. Use a cereal box to cut out a badge shape and let them decorate it with crayons and glitter. Create a reward system that can be documented on a reusable dry-erase or magnetic chart. Each task your little Eco Police complete is another gold star toward achieving a visit to a nature center or indulging in organic ice cream.
Green living does not have to be another burden added to your to-do list. Sustainability is a learning opportunity that can enrich your family's lifestyle. A green lifestyle is one of the most sincere and fruitful life lessons we can teach our children. ~EM