Little kids are among the worst about throwing just about everything out without a thought. I can think of some adults I know who are probably worse, but thatâ€™s not the topic today.
My daughter is 4 and just lost her right to throw things out without checking with me first. Why? Sheâ€™s been throwing out bowls and spoons, which certainly explains why I canâ€™t find so many of them now. We had a talk with her about that.
Kids are just so casual about waste. My daughter wants to just throw out some â€œcardsâ€ she made by folding pink paper and cutting the edges. It wouldnâ€™t bother me so much dropping them in the recycle bin if she had colored or painted them, but just folded with a few cuts along the edges… she can still reuse that so she canâ€™t get rid of it yet.
My son is altogether too young, seeing as that he doesnâ€™t talk yet. However, he does love to throw things away, and already understands when I tell him it goes to the recycle bin versus the trash can.
My kids have a ways to go before theyâ€™re going to be even remotely environmentally conscious. Thatâ€™s okay. Theyâ€™re learning and I hope to provide them with good examples and habits.