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March 2022

The future is in our children’s hands. It is never too early to start to teach your child to be eco-conscious. As a parent, you play a major role in helping your child form a green mindset and develop eco-friendly skills. Why start at an early age? It’s important to teach your child about the environment at an early age because these lessons will become their normal behaviour. In other words, the habits they learn, the eco-friendly skills they possess, and the time they spend learning about nature will shape the future of environmental sustainability.   Establishing good habits. The best place to start is by being a role model yourself. Children look to their parents for guidance and mimic their behaviour. So, if you want to teach your children about recycling, you should be practicing recycling as a part of your household routine. Some simple habits to establish early are: Recycling (which items go into which bin). Always use bins, so no littering. Keep lights off when not in use. Turn off the water when they brush their teeth. Use reusable bags for a grocery shop. Use reusable water bottles, cutlery, and straws. Donate outgrown clothes and toys. Ride, cycle or use public transport where

Lisa Forsythe

Teacher, mum and author of Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents.