Be honest and open in a way that you feel is appropriate for your own child.
You don’t need to know all the facts and the solutions and neither do they. It’s OK to explain that you’re learning with them and it’s something you’re going to work on together.
Climate breakdown ca be scary for adults and even when discussed sensitively with kids it can bring up feelings. Share how you feel, acknowledge their feelings and make sure you also share your optimism and positive news stories too.
Learning alongside children is fun. They ask questions that adults don’t think to ask and they also come upon with some pretty innovative solutions. Try different things and encourage each other to get curious.
Taking practical actions - whether that be eco product swaps, lifestyle changes, writing to your MP or joining a climate action group - helps you feel in control. You can make a list together and choose one thing at a time to work on. If big feelings come up you can support children to focus on all the things within their control and all the positive steps your family is taking.
Wherever you are right now is a good starting point. Start with what you have and pick whatever feels easiest to change first then pick another thing and another thing and keep going.
Easy Eco Actions to Take with Kids
Children are fantastic at keeping parents accountable. If you say you’re going to do something they will make damn sure you do or make you feel guilty forever more!
Reducing single use plastic
Start by looking at your food shopping, bathroom products or cleaning supplies. If there is room for improvement make a list and work on it together. As things run out investigate plastic free options and how to reuse the plastic you can’t avoid. If your children are old enough you can set them a research task and involves them in choosing what to replace or cut out.
Reducing food waste
Getting little ones involved on writing a shopping list, helping with choosing foods and planning meals is a great way to reduce the families food waste. It also saves a bit of money which you can put towards other eco swaps and changes.
Write to your MP
This is a great school holiday project for children who can write and if not you can help with the words and they could draw a picture.
Set a water saving challenge and encourage them to waste as little water as possible. Use an egg timer or stop watch on your phone for showers, reuse bath water or paddling pool water watering for plants indoors and out.
If you have a water meter it’s easy to track your progress and if not they are usually free to install via your local water authority.
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