With all the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be hard to remember the little details. This is something even more true for parents. Amidst the deluge of nappies, school reports, laundry and cooking, it's nearly impossible to juggle your responsibilities as an educator. But somehow, someway, we all seem to manage it. We must have super-human genes or something.
However, even though we pass on lessons to our little ones about how to be mild mannered, treat others with respect, or even recycle and treat encourage environmentally friendly behaviour - we can sometimes forget to teach them how to shop responsibly.
We've all been there. Busy. Tired. In a chain supermarket picking through the reduced to clear stock in search of a bargain.
This isn't exactly the ideal way to teach your kid about taking care of what they buy and keeping things environmentally kosher - but we don't blame you, the temptation is always there to fall into bad habits when we're up against the ropes.
But with a little pre-planning, you could provide a much better example to your youngster. Take the Ethical Superstore, for example, which delivers ethically sourced groceries and supplies right to your door at great prices.
Loads of places sell products that have that familiar black, green and blue badge on them, but does your child know what it means?
Try to take some time out to educate them of the benefits of buying from the Fair Trade programme. There are a number of resources online to help you with this, but it might be best to sit your child down and tell them about the issues farmers in third world countries face and how purchasing a product with the Fair Trade logo on it can help.
Obviously this should be tailored to the age of your little'un, as a nine-year-old will obviously have a fair bit more understanding of economic complexities than a five-year-old, but as any parents will know - children can be fast learners (I mean, how exactly is it that they know how to use a TV remote, when you've been unable to figure the damn thing out for three years?!).
Struggling to get your child interested? Well, there's no better way to push them into the amazing world of ethical food than through some chocolate taste tests!
Try buying a few Fair Trade choccies and telling them the story of how they were made, farmed and sourced - and how it's a fantastic thing to support. To make the process run smoothly it's probably worth bribing them with a couple of pieces of chocolate here and there!
Another popular tactic for parents looking to educate their children on the benefits of ethical shopping is to take them on a trip to local food companies.
These ethical businesses often only service nearby regions and massively reduce their environmental impact by only delivering to local businesses. Many ice creameries, for example, offer tours and your little ones will be taught the values of treating dairy cows properly. Also, who doesn't love eating ice cream!
Try searching online for other similar sites near you. Some other ideas include bee farms, pick-your-own strawberry farms or even just a local agricultural community centre.
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