Act For The Planet

11 Apr

Welcome to April’s focus on Family Care!  You can check out our posts from last April when we blogged about “baby steps” to help your home and family live more sustainably, cloth diapers, Earth Day 2011 (including the one-can-a-month challenge from enviromom), and children’s unique relationship with nature.

This year we look forward to another Earth Day and many family care eco-tips!

This week, for parents out there – having trouble inspiring your kids to care about the planet?  Check out ecokidsActs For The Planet for simple ideas…

And read this article from the David Suzuki Foundation on why “Replacing Screen Time with Green Time is Good for Kids”

Docs Talk: What kind of activities do you recommend parents do with their children to help them connect with nature?

Dr. Lem: There are two major concepts to consider: role modelling and active involvement of the child. One of the most effective ways parents can strengthen their child’s connection to nature is to minimize screen time and embrace green time themselves. The other is to promote a mix of both parent-supervised and independent outdoor play, which encourages children to form and build upon their own nature experiences.

Fun family activities can range from planting a garden to a weekend camping vacation in a provincial park. The backyard is a safe and stimulating place for younger children to explore green space. Encourage them to cloud watch, build a fort, collect stones or come up with their own nature-based games. Outdoor, environment-based volunteering can be an effective way for younger and older children to build self-esteem and strong family and peer relationships.

We’d love to hear from you – please leave us a comment!  Here are a few questions to consider:

  1. Did you spend more time outdoors when you were a child than you do as an adult?
  2. How has that affected you or given you an appreciation for nature?
  3. Has you appreciation of nature translated into a desire to preserve it?

 

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