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5 Ways to Encourage Children to Live a ‘Green Life’


Did you know that strawberries are one of the highest sprayed fruits? 184 toxic chemicals are used in conventional strawberries. One of the best ways to limit children’s exposure to chemicals is to choose an organic det. Children who are fed an organic diet have much lower levels of high-risk insecticides in their bodies. Organic food also reduces the risk of exposure to toxic pesticides. Furthermore, organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food. Therefore, one of the best choices you can make for children is to buy certified organic foods.

Organic food is a healthy choice for all of us but especially for our children. If you struggle with the price of organic, I suggest checking out the Environmental Working Group’s yearly report of the most important food to buy organically.

 

  1. Recycle

All parents want to leave the world a better place for their children. While it sometimes feels like we don’t have much control over what happens down the line, the best way for parents to ensure that there will be a healthy, green planet for future generations is to teach our children about recycling now so that they grow up with an awareness about waste and an appreciation for preserving resources. You can organise a community clean up by inviting your neighbours and local residents to take part in your local park or beach clean up. This is a great opportunity to meet and catch up with each other and also to teach your children about recycling. You can point out all the rubbish to children, explain how this can affect wildlife like birds, which may eat the rubbish and get sick. Take some bags, gloves and grabbers to help clean them up.

Talk to your children about how you want to start recycling in your home and how it will help the environment. You can also ask them to make recycling bins for paper, glass, and plastic. Let the children decorate them the way they like with images of what will go inside. This can be a great reminder and will help the little ones not get too overwhelmed. If you want, you can make a goal chart above each bin to try and see how much your family had recycled in a week.

 

  1. Spend time in nature

Modern family life has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Children spend more time viewing television and playing video games on computers than they do being physically active outside. Today’s families often have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment. Therefore, it is important that you find time to take your children on green adventures.

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Aniko Sziraczki is a Kinesiologist with a background in Psychology, and the founder of Raising Toxin Free Children. She is passionate about children’s health and is devoted to informing parents about toxin-free living to keep their children healthy and well in a natural way. Read more on her ‘toxin free living’ blog at www.raisingtoxinfreechildren.com. She lives in London with her partner and her little girl who is attachment parented and is being raised to be healthy, eco-conscious and a responsible occupant of our beautiful Earth.


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