5 Ways You Can Integrate More Nature Into Your Kid's Life
Being a nature lover is not something all of us understands.
People only often only like the idea of loving green sceneries, tropical waters, and sandy shores - but may not do much to actually save the environment.
Urbanization and today's state-of-the-art technologies have drawn people away from being in touch with nature
Now, there are fewer and fewer people that care about animal welfare and keeping things ecologically friendly.
So, how do you raise kids that really care about our ecosystem?
Visit And Volunteer At Animal Adoption Centers
Sure, a trip to the zoo might sound fun. The sad truth? These animals are caged to entertain visitors and are taken away from their natural habitat. This is why animal adoption and rehabilitation centers are great places to start with when you're raising your little ones.
Get your planner and set a date. Take your children to animal shelters and get in touch with animals that are actually looking for loving homes. It’s the perfect family vacation!
Volunteering on these centers gives your kids an understanding of why animals need humans to care for their welfare. Acts of compassion as simple as feeding, cage cleaning, walking the dogs and petting animals help them get the idea that these beings are important and need proper treatment.
Build A Greenhouse And Let Your Kids Do Gardening
Kids love treehouses, but have you ever thought of setting up a greenhouse that could ideally fit your yard?
A minimalistic greenhouse could be a great project!
A greenhouse basically is a covered structure, some using glass or plastic, to grow plants that are requiring a certain climatic condition. Growing plants within this structure can protect them from bad weather and pests.
Now, you can grow your own herbs and salad greens free of pesticide and hormones!
Recent studies funded by Walt Disney reported that 65% of parents from the US see it as a big problem that the younger generation spends less and less time outdoors. At the age of 16, children tend to spend less than 7 hours a week in nature. Teaching your kids gardening for recreational and environmental purposes can be a great way to maintain a close family bond and keep them in sync with nature.
Adopt, Don't Shop.
Once your kids are engaged and aware of the animals' biological and psychological needs, they would also develop a feeling of likeness towards them. This begins with them asking for a pet.
Now it's your time to surprise your kids by bringing home their favorite animal from the shelter!
Adopting pets that are looking for responsible owners lets your kid understand how they interact with humans. Moreover, these kids learn the simplest form of symbiosis.
How do pets benefit your family?
Your dogs motivate you to exercise, keeping up an active lifestyle
A study from the American Journal of Public Health back in 2010 found out that children with dogs spent more time in engaging in physical activities. Meanwhile, the University of Victoria presented that adult dog owners walked 300 minutes per week at an average, compared to non-dog owners who only walked 168 minutes a week.
Dogs can improve your children's immunity to eczema
Journal of Pediatrics conducted a study in 2011 and found out that children who mingle with dogs from their infancy have lower probabilities to develop eczema.
Cats keep your heart healthy
University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute in Minneapolis conducted an in-depth study and showed that people who do not own felines are 30%-40% more likely to suffer from heart attacks.
Pets can cheer you up and add up more years to your life
A 2005 review from the British Medical Journal proved that dogs empathize through interacting more with humans. This playful approach relieves loneliness, and improve the longevity of owners up to 15 years.
The Real Role of Aquaponics to Your Parenting
Nothing but the beauty of keeping nature closest to your own home.
Aquaponics is the art of combining the science of raising fish and hydroponics- growing your plants without the use of loam. The plants and the fish shares a symbiotic relationship for them to co-exist. The fish waste gives the plants a source of organic food while the plants give off oxygen necessary for the fish respiration.
Microbes, a nitrifying bacteria convert the ammonia from fish feces to nitrites. Later on, these nitrites are converted to nitrate which plants use to propel their growth. Also, fish feces act as a fertilizer to keep the plants healthy.
While you might be thinking an aquarium is enough to imitate the natural habitat, it does not preserve the photosynthetic cycle necessary to keep both organisms alive. Plus, you'll need endless water replacements and hefty bills to keep your aquarium filter working.
Want to know how to bring aquaponics to your indoors without the messy clutter?