“The future depends on what we do in the present,” Gandhi said to his followers, because he believed that each person could create fundamental changes in the world by making changes in their own lives. Teaching your child to be green is more about teaching them that seemingly small changes that they make in their lives can have an impact on the world. Therefore, you must teach your child to be mindful and aware of what they do, how they do it, and the impact it has on everyone and everything on the planet.
I believe the key to fostering this “green” awareness in a child is to help them be present. We are all so electronically connected to the Internet, cell phones, ipods, video games that we are disconnected from each other and the natural world. Whether it is a short hike, a stroll on a beach, or planting a small garden, take the time to create opportunities for your child to be present in a natural setting. Forming an appreciation and connection to the natural world will give your child the lifelong desire to be a part of that world and to be a part of making changes and sacrifices to preserve it.
In my life I have made a commitment to changing my home and how I live and also changing my business to be more mindful and more green. It does not happen overnight and despite all the articles that say it is easy—I have found that often it is hard. But my children see me working toward living a greener more mindful life. This is why it was so important to me that Mo’s Nose’s second book “Mo Smells Green” features Mo’s hiking day. In this scentsational journey Mo discovers the joy and the infinite smells of nature featuring Aura Cacia aromatherapy.
I hoped that children would be inspired by Mo to go for a hike or just get out in their back yard or local park and connect with the natural world. I also believed that it was a wonderful way for them to experience the healing benefits of aromatherapy. You may be thinking—great, but where do I start? I think saying no to plastic and yes to reusable bags and containers is a great first step along with picking one day a month to turn off the cell phones, TVs, and be present with your child in nature.