A portrait of the sky, taken by six-year-old Emma
How do you teach your kids to love this world we live in? It seems to me that children are born with a deep appreciation for nature, and our role as parents is to nurture this instinct, rather than stifling it. In our family, we encourage loving the earth by spending a lot of time outside (geocaching on nearby trails is a particularly popular pastime). We recycle, compost, grow some of our own food, visit farms and farmer’s markets, and use cloth diapers. We even turn most of our cardboard boxes into temporary toys before recycling them!
Children do go through stages when they fear the natural world. We’ve worked a lot on overcoming bug phobias, with quite a bit of success. The poor moth in this improvised cage survived two days of tremendous affection before I finally let it go. I think it’s time to consider an ant farm…
We spent a lot of time talking about other animals, besides bugs. Emma decided to learn about beavers:
Camping is a wonderful way for kids to spend time in nature! Since nine months pregnant me wasn’t very interested in taking the kids camping, Lily set up her own “tent” inside a cardboard box:
How do you encourage your children to love and appreciate Planet Earth?