We all love to hear about the greening of schools and eco-inspired classrooms. But, healthy habits start at home and it’s important to get children off on the right carbon foot.
A healthy home sets the tone for all aspects of healthy and happy kids. Here are some ideas to involve kids in home projects, which can benefit the whole family.
Class in the Kitchen. Decide on weekly lunch and dinner menus with the family’s input and involve them in the selection of groceries. Talk about nutrition and wholesome foods. Involve your kids in cooking and use the time to support school subject areas. For example, for math practice, make some banana muffins. For younger kids, measure ingredients and count muffins, while older kids might be challenged by questions about doubling the recipe or multiplying fractional measurements.
Also try to minimize waste, buy food in bulk whenever possible and avoid plastic and paper products. Create a recycling station and put the kids in charge.
Balance activities. Saying no to additional activities might just be the best answer for an overscheduled family. Take after-dinner walks together or head off to the local indoor or outdoor pool to play. Find ways to incorporate exercise and togetherness.
Project the positive. Create a vision board for each family member where they can put their goals and dreams. Keep it in a high-traffic spot and talk about ways the family can help each other overcome challenges and maintain a positive outlook.
Drive less. Planning trips to save gas and the environment can be a family affair. Make a map of the area on a large piece of recycled paper and let the kids get in the driver seat to plan the best route to run errands. If possible, have car-free nights where you bike or walk to destinations or relax at home. Plan one day a week to walk to school and get a group together to celebrate Walk to School Day (in October).