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5 Simple Ways to Teach Kids to Be Environmentally Responsible

When you think about how to be environmentally responsible, you are likely to think about big picture ideas such as installing solar panels on a home or purchasing a hybrid car. While there is nothing wrong with these notions, you have to start with more basic principles for kids.

Here are five simple ways to teach kids responsible practices that will start them on the path to making environmentally conscious choices throughout their lives.

  1. Conserve water. As every kid uses water every day, this is a very simple place to start. Think about practical applications such as brushing their teeth and washing the dishes. Encourage children to turn off the water any time they don't need it and to keep the water running for as short of a time period as they can.

  2. Switch to reusable items whenever possible. There are so many items that we use on a daily basis that we can substitute for reusable items. For example, when kids pack their own snacks for school, have them use Tupperware containers instead of Ziploc bags.

  3. Recycle. If you live in an area that has a community recycling program, it is easy to get kids into the habit of adding their own trash items to the recycling bin. If you have to sort the items, make it a simple job for kids by providing separate bins for different items i.e. one bin for cans, one for newspapers. You can also teach kids the importance of buying recycled products such as printer paper made from recycled paper.

  4. Walk or bike. Walking and biking are great forms of exercise as well as transportation. If kids have the ability to walk or bike to school or other locations in the neighborhood i.e. to a friend's house or a local store in a safe manner, encourage them to make use of these options.

  5. Garden and compost. Set up a vegetable and herb garden in the backyard and allow kids to take ownership of it with personal chores. You can also set up a compost pile for leftover kitchen scraps and other items that decompose easily.

About the Author

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating adorable baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.

Inspire Your Child to Read Over Winter Break

Inspiring children to read isn’t always difficult – every so often, a specific book or books will capture the imagination and they will voraciously devour every word and then clamor for more reading material on related subjects. Once that reading habit is developed, most children will continue to view books as an essential part of their leisure time and not a chore or homework.

However, all is not lost if a child isn’t an avid reader – the reading habit is easily acquired and some or all of these steps may be useful in helping a child fall in love with books:

Join your local library. The beauty of this is that the child is immediately surrounded by a community of readers. There may be reading clubs or even book groups for children which run during the holidays, encouraging children to view reading as the social activity it can be when favorite books are shared and discussed with others.

Use current interests. If a reluctant reader has a passion for a particular area or theme, there's a good chance it will be well-represented both in fiction and non-fiction. Again, the library is useful for road-testing books and finding subject areas that appeal.

Be alert of latent problems with hostile readers. Occasionally, an unwillingness to read can be an indicator of the child needing extra help. Rather than baby their reading material with books meant for younger children, age-appropriate graphic novels can help to encourage the development of reading skills and give them the confidence to improve.

Read together. Make reading together time fun and a treat. Put together a small picnic and find something exciting where short chapters end on a cliffhanger. Encourage children to differentiate between dialog and description by using different voices for different characters when they speak.

Get them writing.Imagination is the most valuable tool a child has and writing their own stories will teach them how to appreciate a good book all the more.

Give books as gifts. Many of us have books that were given to us as children and have remained precious.

                                                                                    

About the Author                                                                                    

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating customized baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.