Children will do anything you tell them to with consistency. Reinforce a habit at home and school, and they’re likely to continue it for the rest of their lives. Make that habit a priority at just one of those places, and it’s up in the air as to whether or not it becomes something they do for their entire life.
How can you make lifelong energy< savers out of your children… assuming their school doesn’t address the topic?
Try the steps below:
For any child to develop a trait, it needs to consistently be brought to their attention. As soon as they’re able to understand, start showing them small ways they can save energy. It could be as simple as turning off the lights when they’re not in the room or turning off the faucet the instant they’re done washing their hands.
2. Reward Desirable Behaviors
As a parent, you have the option to reward desirable behaviors, punish ones you don’t like, or a mixture of both. Psychological research has shown rewarding appropriate behaviors is more effective in shaping behavior than is punishment. In many cases, punishment only teaches your child to dodge the punishment itself, rather than to stop the unwanted behavior.
To boost the effect of your reward, let the child choose their own.
3. Make it a Game or Competition
What child doesn’t like games or competition? Every single one can’t wait to play. You’ll have to decide on the rules and rewards. But, it’s a great way to get them engaged and aware of the idea.
4. Put the Money in Their Pocket
Say your child is ready to start earning an allowance and learning how to manage money. Well, that could be the prime time to make at least part of their reward the money they’ve saved with smart energy use. Give them some of the cash and use it as an opportunity to show how saving energy saves them money too.
5. Teach Your Children How Energy Savings Benefits Others and The Environment Too
At first, your children will need to learn how to save energy so it benefits themselves. That’s the most effective way to shape behavior early on. However, it’s important for them to learn how to act in the best interest of others too. Explain to them how saving energy benefits the environment and makes the world a little better place for everyone.
With these 5 tips, you’ll never have to worry about your child’s ability to save energy ever again. They’ll be naturals, and the leaders their friends look to for energy efficiency.