Many dads fail at being a good parent. Want to know how to be a good dad? Go green. It is bound to impress your kids and it will also save the planet.
Show an interest in global warming and chat to them about the environment. Kids are very environmentally conscious these days so showing an interest in things they are interested in is always a good way to be better father. If you are father struggling to bond with your teenage daughter or son try talking them about green issues, for instance set up a project to monitor and reduce electricity consumption in the house. Work with them to investigate solar panels and other green energy measures. Also involve your kids in recycling.
Or how about take them on an eco-friendly holiday?
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And if they are older and want to buy you something for Fathers Day why not encourage them to buy you some organic beer or wine.
But be warned that there is no sense talking to your kids about environmental issues if you do not take it seriously. Kids can easily recognize hypocrites. They will nod in agreement with you only to please you but then ignore all of your advice and teachings if they think you are a hypocrite.
There is an old saying that we only are renting the world for a little while from its true owners – our children. The choices we make today about our lifestyles and our consumer habits can directly impact many future generations. So you can help your children and be a better parent by not only bringing up topics to talk about in environmental issues, but by also leading by example.
The author writes a dad blog and also contributes to The Freaky an online magazine that features weird news from around the world.