In all areas of life, developing good habits early on can make a big difference. You want to do your best to set your children up for the future.
Whether you’re working in child-care or raising children at home, you need to be conscious of how your children can learn good sustainability practices, why they matter, and how you should reinforce these ideas.
Providing our children with the best opportunity to safeguard their health, their planet, and ecosystems is one of the most important tasks you will face as parents or educators – so you should have a plan in mind to set your children up for a sustainable, eco-friendly future.
There is no point by point blueprint on how to approach this, as children are very different, and will respond to different things. You will often need to be creative – but there are some general guidelines you can follow.
Of course, whatever it is you intend to teach your child, you should be leading by example – if you’re not being mindful of sustainability in your own practices, how will they learn to?
Having said that, it’s not quite enough to simply tell children what they should do – you need to show them, and explain why it matters, at all stages of their learning. Be a positive role model, first and foremost.