Teaching your Foster Child about the Environment?
When you take on the responsibility of fostering a child, you’re not just offering them a home. You offer them love and care, you feed them and keep them healthy, and you also teach them about how to be the best person they can be.
This could mean a number of things, from teaching them about empathy and kindness, to teaching them about money management and responsibility. These things all come under being a foster parent. Recently, environmental issues have been getting more and more attention in the media, and it’s more important that ever to watch out ecological footprint. So, we need to think about now we teach our children to be responsible and eco-friendly.
Here are a few tips for teaching your foster child about the environment…
Lead By Example
Children follow the examples they see – whether the examples are good or bad. Simple things turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth, or switching off the light when you leave a room will encourage them to o the same. Children will see and learn these habits as something normal and will learn that it is simply the way it is done.
Teach About the Importance of Recycling
Talk to your foster children about being eco-friendly and teach them how to recycle. Talk to them about how almost everything can be used again and again and the difference recycling can make. Getting them in the habit of recycling hold them in good stead to go on to recycle in the future.
Take the Tips Out of The Home
Don’t limit the green attitude to your house – teach your child wherever you are. Make sure they know the importance of not littering, and always bring a reusable bag when shopping instead of buying plastic ones etc. This again teaches them habits that they can use for a lifetime.
Your foster child may have never been taught about these things, so it’s important you introduce them into a more eco-friendly lifestyle.