Becoming a Child of Nature: It's a Twofold Task of Parents and Children
5. It's difficult for young children to gain an appreciation of rain because rain to young children means that they can't go out to play. However, you can try to help your children realize that rain is vital
to life. Without rain, plants and animals would die of thirst. Your children know what it feels like to be thirsty. If you have plants and allow your children to help you water them, this will help them to start recognizing the importance of water to life.
6. You can also help your children gain some understanding of the importance of clean oceans. Even young children realize that an ocean filled with garbage is not good for sea life. Many fish can die or become contaminated
from the trash that is thrown into the ocean. People, who unknowingly eat fish contaminated by pollutants
in the water, can become seriously ill.
7. Many children, through the examples, can begin to become more aware
of man's relationship to his environment. However, even more importantly, you can help them by example to learn to respect their environment. Young children learn not only from first hand experiences but by imitation
. If you show your children by your actions that you respect the environment in which you live, this will start them on this path.
8. Do you avoid putting pollutants in the air by never burning your leaves? Have you ever stopped smoking? Do you respect plant life? Do you stop anyone from carving in the bark of trees? Do you avoid walking on fresh grass? Do you conserve
water and energy?
9. By setting a good example for your children, you are not only giving them a good model to imitate, you are also helping them to increase their chances for survival
. It is not too soon to help your children to appreciate, understand, and respect the environment in which they live.