Beyond teaching a child to walk and talk, parents are also responsible for instructing them about being good citizens and good protectors of our planet. Turning off lights and dripping faucets isn’t just a job for the parents, it is a perfect way to show children how they can do their part. Below, we’ve compiled a simple checklist to help teach your child behaviors that will not only be good for the wallet, but also for the world.
Explain about the water shortage and where water comes from to incentivate your kid to save water
Some parents may think that children won’t understand the drought facing the country, but with sincere and appropriate language, it can be made clear to them the need to save water. Start by explaining that water that comes to the house comes from the water department who gets its from lakes, rivers, and other similar sources. Rural areas are more likely to get their water from a well. Since wells aren’t regulated or supplied by water departments, conserving water is these areas is even more important.
The school is an ally in the conservation fight
Fortunately, today’s schools take environmental issues seriously. In fact, in some homes, the children are the ones monitoring water and power use and educating their parents. PTA meetings afford a great opportunity for parents to learn more about what is being taught about conservation. And, if the school doesn’t have conservation as a part of the curriculum, these same meetings are perfect opportunities to propose its inclusion.
The family needs to set an example
Children learn by imitation. This means that habits demonstrated by the parents will be habits adopted by the children. Try simple things at first, like soaping up in the shower before turning on the water. Or, use a single cup or glass throughout the day for drinking water. Better still, get a water bottle (which doesn’t crack and can be closed when not in use to avoid spills) that the child can call their own. Remember to explain how these and other behaviors save water. Parents can do even more by instilling children with a sense of responsibility for conserving water around the house. Getting children to help with tasks such as washing the dishes is a good time to explain that washing dishes or pre-washing dishes after dinner, saves water. Additionally, consider putting a rain barrel in the back yard for watering the yard and plants instead of using a hose. Including conservation jobs (like making sure lights and appliances are turned off) as part of the child’s daily chores will help them begin to make the connection between saving electricity, saving water and saving money.