Encourage Living Green With Children

Living a green lifestyle is very rewarding, but it can be hard to get children to see why it’s so good. This is especially true with the huge amount of video games, junk food and overall laziness that many children have. While it might be difficult, you can get through to your children with some simple encouragement. It’s best to start this when they are very young, and to continue it throughout their teenage years.

Active Lifestyle
Part of the green lifestyle is being active. Cars are definitely needed for long distances, but you should walk and bike anywhere that you can to save gas and reduce carbon emissions. Take your children on bike rides as often as you can to show them how fun it can be. This will also be a great source of exercise for everyone.

This will get children to understand that biking is fun, and that it’s much better than driving to stores and other locations that are fairly close.

Public Transportation
Public transportation releases a lot of carbon dioxide into the air, but the overall impact of each person is lessened. This makes public transportation a greener option than driving. You can teach your child this lesson by using trains and buses if they bring you to your destination. Aside from showing them that public transportation is useful, this will also help your children be around new people.

While you shouldn’t overly inconvenience yourself, this is a great option for traveling longer distances and still maintaining the green lifestyle.

Farmers’ Markets
Part of the reason why people are hesitant to buy from farmers’ markets is because they have been conditioned to visit supermarkets for food. This is because most parents buy exclusively from supermarkets, and the child is never exposed to real farmers.

Not only is the produce at farmers’ markets typically less expensive, but it’s also much fresher. This also allows you to talk with the food’s producers, rather than store representatives. Your child will be exposed to new foods and a greener market for produce.

Limit Toys
This isn’t saying that toys are bad. Children need toys to explore their world and imaginations. The problem is that the modern child has tons of action figures, video games and other toys that can be distracting. A child raised with this lifestyle might learn that happiness is found through having more things, and that it’s fine to leave toys to collect dust because there’s always a new one.

It’s often a better idea to have fewer toys. They should also be high-quality toys that are durable and fun. If you are worried about your child getting too many toys for Christmas or birthdays, then talk with your family members and tell them about how you are raising your child and what you want him or her exposed to.

Family Garden
Farmers’ markets are definitely green, but is there anything greener than growing your own food? Most families don’t have enough room to grow everything, but they can grow a few herbs and vegetables. Make a family garden and involve your children. Ask them to weed and tend the garden. This will also show them how rewarding it is when they can eat the fresh produce.

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Fresh from our vegetable garden.

Encourage Conservation
One of the backbones of the green lifestyle is conservation. If your child can use as much water, power and resources as he or she wants, then it might be hard to break this habit later in life. It’s better to encourage conservation by telling your child to turn off the water while brushing his or her teeth, dimming or turning off the lights after a certain hour and understanding that finite resources should be used sparingly.

You should also tell your child why this is important. It will reinforce that conservation is a serious matter that will help the planet.

Conclusion
Encouraging your child to live a green lifestyle isn’t as hard as you might think. It’s all about exposing him or her to this lifestyle and explaining why it’s important. While other children might have a hard time turning off their TVs and games, your child will understand just how important it is to unplug.

Author Bio

Sandra Marino is a ‘go green’ enthusiast and loves spending time helping others learn how they can help the environment with green tips from Green Geek Tips.

 

Sooo Flowery! :)

It’s really amazing how interesting some things may get when you see them as you drive around town.  Sometimes we don’t notice these things as we go along because we are so busy with errands or other important matter or purpose.  But when you start to look around, you will be able to notice something that will somehow give you an uplifting feeling.

As I was driving around to pick up some items I bought from an online garage sale somewhere in Rockwall, I drove by to this beautiful flowery beetle Volkswagen car.  I saw a couple had their pictures taken.  I thought I can ask them a favor to have my picture with the car taken, too.  But when I came back, they’re gone.  So I just parked across and took a photo of this cute car.  Seeing this thing brought me some amusement.  I haven’t seen a car decorated like this before.  I think it’s really cute and unique.  And so, this is the interesting thing I saw today.

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Sooo flowerrry! 😀

Would you mind making your car look like this?  It’s pretty, right?  Lots of colors and it’s flowery.  🙂  It stands out.  And oh, I love those pink flowers on those steel wheels.

Tackling Traveling Challenges With School Age Kids

Travel can offer your children a different kind of educational opportunity not readily available in the classroom or even on school fieldtrips. As grandmother Pat Marsden notes, “Geography is much more understandable in 3-D.”

But you love traveling and plan to take frequent rips throughout the year, you will still want to make sure that your kids are not missing important lessons at school. Pulling young trekkers out for frequent vacations can interrupt their learning. While there may be less than ordinary reasons that you find yourself searching for New York tutoring or tutoring centers in Sacramento, finding a tutor can help keep your child up to date when they return to school. And it can also be a positive way of ensuring vacation fun as well as learning success.

Decrease Days Missed

If you know that your child will have significant absences, there are some clever ways to strategically plan a trip in order to reduce the number of academic days missed and, in the process, mitigate a teacher’s frustration. Book tickets and hotels around school holidays and weekends to decrease the amount of time skipped. Additionally, it is best to avoid leaving town on exam days or during testing weeks of the school year.

Can a Tutor Help?

Most educational concepts build on one another. For instance, tackling long division without the ability to subtract numbers with confidence will prove difficult, frustrating and potentially impossible for young students. However, it is unlikely that your child will miss all the lessons on basic math while gone on vacation for one week. Most teachers will send along a packet of worksheets for their vacationing students to work through and remain up to date on what will be happening in class during their absence.

However, if your child feels unconfident about a particular concept, this could potentially affect their progress and grasp of the particular subject. It is best to meet with the teacher after class, spend one-on-one time with your child at home and/or hire a tutor to help your child master the difficult area and be properly prepared to continue learning.

 

Tutoring Options

There are an increasing number of ways to find a tutor for your child.

•Private Tutor

•Student Tutor

•Tutoring Center

•Tutoring Software

•Online Tutoring

A newer and travel convenient method is hiring an online tutor. This involves a real person meeting one-on-one with your child via video chat or microphone and headset over the internet. This way, the child can ask questions and be walked through the subject. And because it only requires a computer and internet connection, this tutor can travel with you.

Though your child’s school may strongly advise that taking him or her out of class will create an academic disadvantage for the child, there are many practical ways to take advantage of reduced travel rates during the school year. And by ensuring that your student will be able to easily rejoin the classmates at home, you and your child can enjoy a hands on learning adventure that will build important memories and provide a real world foundation for the academic lessons back in the classroom.

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 Author Abby Evans is a mother and freelance journalist currently reviewing health options for her family.