As kids age there is no denying that they look to the adults in their lives as true examples of behavior, habits, ideas, beliefs, etc. Demonstrating care for our environment by showing how to make their own small impact is ESSENTIAL at this point.
You can’t keep putting it off or assuming that they’ll learn about recycling or other earth-saving habits at school. YOU need to make the difference.
I know it’s not easy, I get that we’re all short on time. But the tween and teen years are your opportunity to impart change and a conservation mindset for the young minds you’re helping develop.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Join a coastal clean up of some sort. From beaches to lakes to the pond at your local park that may be polluted join a group or start your own.
- Join a public area clean up like your local parks or recreational areas.
- Make it a point to really recycle. Take a pledge as a family to make a difference. If you’re at a restaurant that does not offer recycling- take home your empty cans and bottles. Tell the owners. Start a conversation.
- If you’re attending a family party or function and the hosts are not recycling, get a bag and start collecting recyclables yourself. It will likely annoy the hosts, but you’ll show your kids and tweens that change starts with YOU.
- Reduce those long baths this year- or even your beloved shower. By making a shower just 3-4 minutes shorter you save thousands of water gallons per year. And if you make the shower cooler- you save mucho energy as well!
- Look to local community and local government organizations to see what they’re hosting and how you can join them- here’s an example: http://www.miamidade.gov/economy/ Other examples include: Girls & Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Audobon Society chapter, historic homes and preservation leagues. If you are near any state or national parks, check their activity calendars.
- Watch this video WITH your kids ….and then DO SOMETHING 🙂
Cristy is the founder and publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, as well as the co-CEO & partner of DiMe Media, based in Miami. Born to Cuban parents, she’s a ‘Jersey Girl’ who is the proud mom of twin teens and wife to her college sweetheart, a “gringo” with a Latino soul! Cristy is also a teen cancer survivor, lover of travel, tech, good food, all-things beauty related, family cooking and social sharing.