Are You Raising a Thrifty and Eco-friendly Child

eco-kidOne of the many values that we can teach our children is the art of saving. Saving does not only mean setting aside enough money for future use. Saving also means being eco-friendly and green. For example, buying LED light bulbs is a good tip to save energy than buying cheap incandescent light bulbs. Why? It has been known and proven that LED bulbs are more durable, more lasting, and more energy-efficient. It stays cool to the touch and the energy it consumes is all converted to light up an area. Despite its steep price compared to regular light bulbs, LED bulbs can save you on your utility bills, providing you more dollars to spend on future special and more important instances. How can we teach our children to save? What are some items that we can teach our children to save?

When it comes to saving, money is always on top of the topic. It is one of the most important topics everywhere from a small family to a very industrialized country. The financial aspect of a group is critical because money is a very powerful issue. In a family setting, money can help us raise well-fed, well-educated, and well-sheltered kids; hence, it is but imperative to teach them how to be frugal. The topic on money with children should start before they turn 7 years old because children at this age already have reasoning capability and they’re easier to teach about money matters compared to younger tots. There are many ways to teach them how to save money, and providing them with a piggy bank is the best tip. You can give them a penny per day to be put into their piggy bank as they get a chance to watch the pennies grow. When they’re older, you might want to introduce with them the concept of bank savings account. You teach your child to set aside at least 10% of their allowance to save. Open a junior’s saving account for them and show how to add deposit the money. Showing your kids the progress of their money through their pass book can make them feel excited and inspired to save more. Another tip in teaching your kids to save is to set aside a particular amount of money when you go to the grocery and make sure that the kid sticks to the budget.

Saving electricity is another issue that parents should tackle with their kids. Simple rules ranging from switching the TV off; switching the lights OFF; turning the electric fan OFF; and the likes are very simple and easy electricity-saving tasks that children above 6 years old should be learning at home. Aside from saving energy, they’ll also learn to be responsible in terms of energy use.

Raising a thrifty and eco-friendly child also means raising a child who loves to eat vegetables and fruits because they’re not only nutritious, but more affordable than imported foods as well. In effect, the child will grow well-nourished and not prone to sickness since his taste buds are used to the taste of vegetables and fruits. Although it can be challenging to make kids like these foods, introducing him such taste at an early age will make the goal easier to accomplish rather than making him/her eat such foods later in life. In addition to that, always remind your children to cook their own food at home, so they can be assured of meals that don’t contain MSG, preservatives, additives, and the likes. These unhealthy substances are commonly found in restaurant and fast food meals.

Finally, raising an eco-friendly child depends on your habit, too. As a parent, you need to show your children that you are also a believer of the goodness of being as environment-friendly as possible. You can start practicing such good habit by using washable diapers instead of the disposable ones and nursing your baby instead of using formulas. Both options are all-natural, safe, and healthy. While reusable diapers are kind of expensive, the savings that you can enjoy in the long run is the factor that cheap, disposable diapers cannot provide. On the one hand, breast milk is totally free and totally safe, so nurse as long as you can. When it comes to eating veggies and fruits, it is not enough that you tell them to eat such foods. It is imperative that you also eat these healthy options, too. Make sure that your toddlers are playing environment-friendly toys, too. Only choose bamboo-made or wooden toys for them to play with and use only soap, shampoo, and other baby products that are made of all-natural ingredients. Products with chemical compounds can irritate their skin and cause injuries to their lungs and eyes. Lastly, teach your kids the proper ways of recycling. Tell them the method the easy way, so they’ll understand the concept of recycling. And don’t expect your kids to follow rules overnight. Repeat them again and again to inculcate it in their hearts and minds.