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7 Tips for Raising Earth Friendly Kids


Our children are the future care givers of this planet, so it is important we show them exactly how to care for it. Raising Earth friendly kids is important because it gives them the skills they need to take care of the planet and keep it performing its best. If you want to raise Earth conscious children, take a look below at 7 tips for raising Earth friendly kids so they can be equipped to handle this responsibility and keep the planet looking and feeling its very best.


1. Teach the benefits of recycling.

Teach children about what items can be recycled and actively recycle in your home. Let children help sort out the recyclables and let them go with you to turn the items in. You can also point out how to look on product labels to make sure the item they are buying can be recycled/came from recycled products.

2. Use timers to encourage shorter showers.

Children may not understand at first how important it is to conserve water. Teach them about water conservation and begin by using timers in the shower. A simple timer can help them take shorter showers and take pride in saving water. You can also show how to make a rain barrel, or how to turn off the faucet when not in use.

3. Teach against littering and encourage planet clean up.

Children as young as 2 years old can be taught that it is wrong to litter. Teach children about why we should keep our planet clean and how they can help. Practice picking up litter and finding trash cans when they have litter they wish to throw away.


4. Demonstrate how to use fewer resources.

Electricity, paper, water, and gas are all resources we need to use with care. Help children understand how we need to watch our usage and give them examples of how we can do this. Talk about car pooling to save gas, turning off water when we brush teeth, and turning off lights when not in a room. All of these are great ways to use these resources less.

5. Actively repurpose and upcycle items around the home.

Let children see you using items up until they can’t be used anymore. When you do need a new item, see if you can repurpose or upcycle something you already have. This teaches children to be more resourceful and not resort to buying new every time they have a need.

6. Spend time outdoors/do outdoor activities.

Kids will want to be more Earth friendly when they realize how fun a clean planet can be. Take children outdoors as much as you can, through hiking, camping, fishing, gardening, outdoor athletics, star gazing and even bird watching. The more kids get use to doing activities outdoors, the more they will want to protect the planet they enjoy so much.


7. Help them learn to care for animals.

Animals are an important part of our planet. Teach them how to respect animals and care for them. This can be through showing basic bird feeding skills, building bird houses, etc. You can also help them understand that animals belong in their natural environment and aren’t meant for entertainment. Helping them understand how animals should be respected is vital and can help them co-exist peacefully with their four legged and feathered friends.

Are you ready to raise more Earth friendly and Earth conscious children? Then give these 7 tips for raising Earth friendly children a try and see how effective they can be.

Let's discuss: How are you helping to take care of our planet? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Learning to care for animals is a big one for us. I am so happy that Des is gentle with the kitten. I wasn't sure because he's three.
    The shorter showers one is hard for ME! I love my long showers. The kids still take baths but I think there should be a learning experience in all of this.

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    1. Madison was a little rough with Kitty when we first started out but cats are gentle creatures and make great family pets. Short showers are also difficult for me. I wish I could do them more but I love feeling the heat of the water on my body. :)

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  2. This is our children's planet and you are right, it is time for our generation to encourage the future generations to be good inhabitants of the Earth. We are always talking about ways we can help the Earth become a cleaner place and little things we can do to help make an impact!

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    1. Thank you, this isn't just for us but for our future generation and we have to make sure it is still there for them to enjoy like we did.

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  3. Definitely teaching by example is the best way to educate our kids.

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    1. You've got that right! How can we show our kids we care when we show that we don't?

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  4. I love theses ideas especially #2! My daughter is 7 and showers on her own but we battle with the amount of time she seems to need to scrub up! I am definitely pulling out the timer tonight!

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    1. I wish my sons was like her. We're the opposite. While I have to battle my 4yr old daughter to get out of the tub, I have to battle the boys to go and take showers. :)

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  5. We teach our kids about recycling, energy conservation, and other ways to take care of our planet.

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    1. That is awesome and I'm glad that you're doing that. More parents need to do that.

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  6. These are all great ideas. I need to work on #4 a bit more but I'm excited to go over this with my kids tomorrow!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that you'll be working with them on these tips. While #4 might be a little tricky, I'm sure you can do it.

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  7. These are such important tips. We need to make sure our kids start doing all of this from a young age to make sure we keep the planet safe and healthy.

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    1. I agree Lois but we also need to set an example as well.

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  8. I believe it's impossible to lead by example! I want my son to be concerned about the environment.

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    1. You believe that it's impossible? I would think that it is possible to lead by example and that's really the way you should lead.

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  9. This is beautiful! Love that shot of your daughter and her curls! Gorgeous! We've done some gardening recently and talked about replenishing the earth.

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    1. That is great! We have yet to get into our garden but I plan on doing that soon myself.

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  10. Great tips! We do all of these except the shower timer, which I love! I need to use that on my 12 year old son! Thanks!

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    1. I have to admit that I don't use a timer myself because I love feeling the really hot water on my back so I let it just flow but I do need to get better at conserving water.

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  11. Spending more time outside and less time in front of screens is such a great tip for being more earthy friendly and spending quality time together!

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    1. That is so true. I've cut out the screen time a lot for my own kids. It's really a way for them to get outdoors as well.

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  12. These are all really great tips. We also go meatless a couple of nights a week as well to help the environment.
    Our kids are quite aware of extra packaging so when we go shopping we bring our own bags and look for products that use less packaging.

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    1. We do recycle our bags and I don't always look for products with less packaging but that is a great idea.

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  13. That last picture is rocking awesome. You've got a good list going here. It is important for our children to know how vital it is for everyone, including the, to do their part to help keep the Earth clean and protected.

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    1. Thank you Rosey and the best way to do that is to show them. If we're doing what we can, then they will in turn do it too.

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  14. I am a science teacher, saving the planet is sort of my thing <3! We definitely teach our kids all of this

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    1. That is amazing to hear and I hope your students are listening.

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