Mom’s today are so busy. That’s why we are called supermom. We are the taxi, maid, cook and teacher. How do you get your kids to start going green? So by example, show your little one how to recycle, reuse and reduce.
No matter what age your kids are at home, they can start to understand the basics. You have to be the one to contact your city garbage program about recycling then it’s as easy as separating paper, plastic and glass. You can make colorful containers using cut out pictures with words to reinforce the “going green” idea and maybe get some help, too!
Save energy by making your little one the energy cop enforcer. Give your energy patrol officer a shiny badge assigning the lights off duty patrol. Take your little darling to the store, bypass the toy section to the electrical department and do a show-n-tell explaining the cost saving benefits using energy saving light bulbs verse the other kind.
While at the store, pick up some seeds to start a garden. Planting an herb or a small vegetable garden was a nice get away for me. Watering my little garden in the wee hours of the morning before the supermom life takes hold. If gardening isn’t your thing, maybe check out a local farmers market.
Teach your kids to limit amount of tub water or everyone can save water the military way. Turn on the shower rinsing yourself or your child for 20 seconds turn it off, lather up, and turn water back on for another 20 seconds for a rinse. Bathroom bedtime routine is down to a minimum when combining the military shower and using this same concept to brush teeth.
Have a fancy candlelit dinner with the kids a couple nights a week. My kids use to love doing this. They would act like we were in a fancy restaurant. Take time for yourself and do some reading by candlelight, too.
Start biking together to go to places near by like the farmers market, grocery store, park and bank or even school. There are plenty of attachment items like child trailers, child seats and tag along bikes. This saves gasoline, creates exercise (good news for our hips) and great bonding time.
Going Green can be fun and an educational experience. Planting a garden, going for bike rides and using less water and electricity will help your kids understand the value of what they have. It may even free up some time for you to relax supermom!