Parenting is hard enough without considering the environmental consequences of child rearing, but eco-parenting is not as hard as you may think. We have always been faced with the repercussions of the choices we make—and eco-parenting is no different. The secret is to arm yourself with as much information is possible and try to show your children how to apply this information into their everyday lives. It is impossible to decisively answer every question your children throw at you, but teaching them how to look for the answers themselves will train them to think pro-actively. Below are a few tips to help you get started on raising a responsible and eco-friendly child.
Practice what you preach.
Who else can be the best role model for your children but you? Eco-parenting starts with being a good parent; let your children learn about eco-friendly activities by watching you. Teach when you talk, and your children will look up to you and embrace your green philosophy.
Breastfeeding is still best.
For an infant, no food is better than mother’s natural milk. It costs nothing and helps children develop a bond with their nursing mothers. Spend some quality “feeding time” with your children; this is a great “green” start for eco-parenting.
Green food is smart food.
Learning children need a diet that provides them with nutrients that contribute to brain development. Green food provides this and also teaches children how to make sound decisions about their health. It’s hard to argue against a diet that will keep you, your children, and the environment healthy.
Use green products in your home.
Using green home products should be complemented by green products for the young ones, too. Take the time to seek out green products when buying clothes, bath products, or toys for your children. Be prepared to answer questions about your choice of products.
Share “green” stories.
Visit your local organic farm and let your children watch the farmers at work. This will stimulate their minds and encourage them to ask questions about green living. Try your best to provide answers that will satisfy their curiosity. Also, encourage them to participate in ec0-friendly activities. Remember, experience is the best teacher.