How to help your child through the moving process – part 2.
Moving Green - Moving with Children - Part 2
In the first part of this article we discussed how important it is to educate your child on all the aspects of long distance moving and how they can help. In this part we dig a little deeper and explain how you can help them put on their green thinking caps.
One of the first things you can do before you talk about moving long distance is to teach your child what it means to be green. Talk about how they can help by learning about recycling as well as other aspects like reusing items.
Depending on the age of your child, you may not want to get too deep into things like the fuel used on long distance moving trucks and what the alternatives might be, but it doesn't hurt to explain to them what our natural resources are and let them know that they are very important.
When discussing long distance moving and how your child can help make it more green, one of the easiest and most tangible things you can discuss are the materials used for packing your household items.
If your child doesn't yet know about recycling, explain to them that certain types of materials such as the cardboard boxes used for moving long distances can usually be sent to a recycling center to be used again.
Explain to them, however, that it is more important to try and find boxes that were previously used so you can get the most out of the lifespan of those boxes before they go to the recycling center, or worse, the dump. The boxes don't necessarily need to be specifically designed for long distance moving, just as long as it is sturdy.
Your child's next question may be, If we can recycle the boxes we used for our long distance move, why do we need to find used boxes? Again, depending on the age of your child, you can explain to them that it utilizes precious energy to produce boxes and the longer you use the box, means less boxes will be produced to replace it.
Teaching your child about moving long distance and being green can be difficult, but it is important to explain these concepts, as it will eventually be their world to live in.