We instill ecological habits in the child
A well-known proverb says: “He who knows the price of money, that he can’t escape the need.” A lean attitude not only to money, but also to food, water, things, time and any other resources is a very important skill. Parents should teach their children to save money from an early age. This is important not only for maintaining the family budget, but also for the child to learn the correct model of resource consumption and develop ecological thinking.
However, unfortunately, modern parents do not very often set themselves such tasks in raising children. Moreover, overconsumption today is becoming quite common in modern families.
To teach a child to take care of food, money, time, etc. is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance. No special effort is required for this. Start by showing your child a good example. Change your own daily habits, become more thrifty yourself. Thus, you will be able to form environmentally friendly habits in your child.
Understand why children should be careful about everything they have
A lean attitude to resources makes a child more conscious and socially responsible. Accustoming the child to saving, you can start small: for example, explain to him that it is better to buy a small portion of ice cream than a large one, and at the same time not to eat half.
You can also explain to the child the need to make better use of his resources. Then he will need less of them.
The child should also be told that resources are always limited. And even if he can get more food or money, it just means that someone gets less.
Explaining this concept with concrete examples teaches the child social justice and gives him a general understanding of wealth and poverty.
Demonstrating to a child the importance of a lean attitude to resources is easy using the example of a family budget for a week or a month. Explain to the child that the family budget is a certain amount of money that can be used to meet certain needs. The more thoughtless spending takes place within a month, the less needs can be met. Such a simple explanation will be clear even to the smallest children.
Lean attitude can be applied in many other areas of life. It is fairly easy to explain to a child the need not to waste time. Explain to the child that if he spends more time watching TV, then he will have less time to go out with friends.
Set a good example
Analyze your purchases and consider which ones are meaningless and unnecessary. They should be excluded. This applies to clothing, electronic devices and many other products.
Explain to your child that he must turn off all electronic devices at night – this will help save energy. Keep track of your daily water intake. Try to walk more instead of driving a car – this will save you gas.
Finally, when you decide to get rid of unnecessary things in the house, do it responsibly: give the right things to recycling centers or donate to charity.