Teaching Your Child To Respect The Environment

With constant talk about the climate crisis it’s more important than ever to teach our children to respect and protect the natural world; they’re part of a future generation that will continue current climate action and perhaps find new ways to preserve the environment for generations to come. You can help foster a positive relationship between your child and the natural world from a young age and nurture it throughout their childhood. To help you, here’s some advice from a private school in Hertfordshire.

Spend time outside with your child

Take your child outside as much as possible, even if it’s just into the garden to do a spot of bird watching or splash around with some water. The more time they spend in nature, the more they’ll learn about it and appreciate its benefits. You could get them involved in some gardening, teaching them about growing food and sustainability in the process, or take them for regular walks in nearby woods or to the beach. This will give them the opportunity to explore different environments and learn about the natural world.

Demonstrate your own respect for the environment

Make sure your child sees you recycling materials and conserving energy, and explain the impact this has on the environment. Get them involved in these activities by asking them to help you sort the recycling or make sure they switch lights off when they leave a room. Your child will learn they have an important role to play in preserving the natural world and that they can take positive action that directly impacts on conservation. If they see you making consistent efforts to respect the environment they’ll be more likely to do the same.

Make use of learning materials

Your child can learn about the impact humans have on the Earth by watching certain films or TV programmes, or by reading books centred around the topic. They might also be able to find apps or computer games that teach them about sustainability and conservation. If your child is particularly interested in a certain environmental topic, take the time to research it with them so they can explore it in more depth - this may just spark a passion for environmentalism which they’ll carry with them throughout their life.

The most important thing to impress upon your child is that their actions have an impact on the world around them and the things they do or don’t do are important when it comes to protecting the environment.

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1 comment:

  1. I love these ideas Louise! It's super important to share how important the planet is to children x