Recycling should start from home. Your children need to understand the concept of recycling so they can form a good habit. Even outside the house, they should continue recycling. Since you know the value of doing it, inspire them to do the same. Given how much trash we throw each day, we need to focus on recycling. Here are some ways to motivate your children to do what’s right.
Make it easy for them
Prepare different containers for trash. Label them and include which items can go in each bin. If your children can’t read yet, you can use photos. They will make mistakes at first, but they will eventually get the idea. The point is that they understand the value of separating items before placing them in the bin.
Watch fun videos
You can also capture your children’s attention by watching online videos. There are explainer videos on environmental protection that use visuals that appeal to children. They also use simple language that children can understand. If they’re useful in school, they also have the same impact at home.
Talk about what’s happening to the environment
You don’t wish to instill fear in your children, but you hope they understand what’s going on. They’re never too young to learn that bad things are happening because we don’t protect the environment. They will feel more responsible if they can see the reality. It’s better to start early to make it a habit to do what they can to save the environment.
If you have spare time, try joining environmental organizations. They take steps to protect the environment. Some organize a cleanup drive, while others have information dissemination campaigns. Find a way to be of help. You may also bring your children to various events. They will see your efforts, and it can inspire them. When they get older, they will also do their share in protecting the environment through these organizations.
Be consistent with your actions
You might be effective in teaching your children what to do, but your actions show otherwise. If you hope to see your children learn, you should be consistent. If you asked them to separate trash before placing it in the bin, you have to do the same. You also need to patronize environment-friendly brands. Otherwise, your children will point these inconsistencies out. They won’t believe in your actions anymore. You can also partner with recycling centers and let your children see your efforts.
Give them a chance to learn
You might not motivate your children right away, and it’s okay. It takes time learning the right steps to save the environment. The point is that you should let them understand in whatever way possible. When they realize the value of what you’re teaching, they will keep doing what’s right. You don’t have to remind them all the time. As they get older, they will inspire others to take part in environmental protection efforts too.