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Teaching children how to be eco-friendly - Guest Post
 

 Households with children are more likely to have higher energy consumption. Teaching children how to be eco-friendly will not only help the environment; it will also help the family reduce utility bills. But what are the best ways to educate our children on the matter?

 
Teach and let them practice what you teach
 
Children learn new skills by practicing. Teach them simple ways of saving energy and let them put them into practice. Tell them that when they turn off the lights that are not in use, they are helping the family reduce electricity and it’s a way for them to become eco-friendly children. Tell them that turning off the faucet while brushing minimizes wasted water and helps resolve the water crisis. Tell that when they unplug sockets off the wall, they’re reducing energy consumptions as appliances left in standby mode still consume electricity adding to the high cost of electric bill. Children learn easily when they practice their new learned skill or concept so let them practice energy-saving tips until they become a habit.
 
Be a role model
 
Children learn fast when they have a role model whom they can copy. Let them see you turning off the lights that are not in use and they will copy your actions. Children copy and mimic adults as they always see their actions as right. So when you unplug the sockets off the wall after using your laptop or after watching TV and turning off lights that are not in use; they’re more likely to copy you because to their young eyes, your actions are the correct ones they should copy. It is like playing follow-the-leader and you must play as the leader so that your children can follow.
 
Do it with fun
 
Teaching children new concepts and skills is not easy, as they easily get bored. To kill boredom, infuse fun ways by which to teach your children to be eco-friendly. Playing games like bingo can help you incorporate the importance of being eco-friendly. You can create your own bingo game where you can use trivia questions such as what are the simple ways of reducing energy consumptions and how they can be put into practice. You can get printable bingo cards online and use them in your family bingo day. Make your children get excited over your bingo game by infusing fun ways that will keep them more focused. Besides exciting little tokens, you can easily infuse the concept of being an eco-friendly child with your own creation of bingo games but with some twists and fun. 
 
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As parents, it is our duty to teach  and aid our children to learn  new skills such as walking, using utensils, drinking in a glass, riding a bike, using computers and other skills that help them develop into responsible adults. Teaching them to be become eco-friendly is helping them not only as responsible individuals but as responsive and sensitive members of our society.

 

 
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