On April 22, billions across the globe will observe the largest secular calendar day in the world: Earth Day.
Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to mobilize and bring change to the way we treat our environment. Since its inception, Earth Day has organized and inspired millions to be more appreciative of our planet and more kind to it.
As someone who hails from the beautiful state of Michigan, I have a deep appreciation for nature and all that it can offer us. This is something my husband and I have passed on to our kids, who are now passing it on to theirs. All of our grandchildren know a poem my husband likes to recite when he’s building a fire--a few words of gratitude he gives to the trees for providing us with this wood that gives us warmth.
Earth Day is an excellent opportunity to instill gratitude in your children for what’s right in front of them—the trees in your yard, the blue sky, the warm sun. As kids become more and more engrossed with their phones and social media, let’s make Earth Day about trees, not screens.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day with your child in a way that will instill gratitude in them for our planet and its beauty and hopefully make them want to be in nature more than on their phones.