4.22.2010

Hug a Tree!

Happy Earth Day! It's that special day dedicated to celebrating and contemplating the beauty, fragility, and health of our precious planet. As a mother, I hope to instill good environmental habits in my son's life. There is an abundance of little things parents can do to encourage their children to make a difference.

- Simply turn off the lights when leaving a room. Energy is in short supply, and by conserving electricity you are saving energy. Even toddlers can help remind others to "switch off the lights"!

- Take small steps to saving the Earth. Teach your children to turn off the water when brushing their teeth. Encourage your family to walk or ride bikes instead of driving to your destination, when possible.  When buying products, try to choose items with less packaging. These easy tasks, when taught early, will likely become second nature and will endure as your child grows.

- Recycle. Create a special recycling receptical, and explain to your child how he or she can help the environment by simply seperating recyclables from trash. Get them involved by letting them help to seperate recyclables.

- Teach your children to donate re-usable items. If your child has old toys that are no longer played with, or old clothes that are seldom worn, explain that you can donate these things to your local Salvation Army or Church sponsored thrift store.  Remember the old adage, "one person's trash is another person's treasure"....it is important to use real life examples of passing along old items to be re-used. Give your used treasures a second life!

- Enjoy our planet. Teach your children about nature. Go for a walk and enjoy the trees, grass, flowers, and sky.  Encourage your kids to talk to you about what they love about the Earth. Speak to them about being aware of their behavior towards nature. Communicate about birds, plants, and clouds....and their relation to things such as gas-guzzling vehicles and energy use. If your children are taught to love this planet, they will value and sustain it as they grow.  


{"Today is Earth Day?"}


{"I like the Earth."}


{"Flowers live on Earth. Are they for smelling? Or eating?"}


{"Save the Earth! I want to enjoy it as I grow!"}


{We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.}

1 comment:

Jeannie said...

Hudson you look so cute in those pictures. I can't wait to see you. Happy Earth Day!!!