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With Earth Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking of ways to help my little ones learn the importance of going green and caring for the environment. Even though they are still quite young, it’s really never too early to start modeling good behavior so that one day they can make the same responsible choices.
Looking to teach your little ones earth-friendly habits too? It’s not as hard as you might think. Between setting basic house “rules” and a little creativity you can make it happen. Here are 4 ways you can help raise kids who care about the environment just as much as you do!
1. Turn off the lights.
How many times do you look around the house to find lights on in every room…especially when not in use? It happens more often than not when you are chasing little ones from room to room, but one of the best ways to model eco-friendly behavior for kids is by conserving energy. This means keeping the lights off as kids go through the whole potty routine, especially during the day. At night, you can make it fun for kids by having them flip the switch when entering and then again when leaving the room.
2. Use less toilet paper.
Making sure your kids use no more toilet paper than they actually need is a tough concept to get through…especially if you’re in the midst of potty training! Toddlers in particular, see toilet paper as just another fun material to tear up and flush down the toilet in wads (yikes!). But reminding them to not overdue it is important if you’re looking to raise earth-conscious kiddos. To help, I also like to keep the toilet paper roll aside and hand over only what is needed.
3. Conserve water.
Let’s face the facts: kids love to play with water. Whether it’s splashing around in the bathtub, letting the water run a little extra when brushing teeth or going crazy flushing, kids never seem to get enough of it. However, you can teach kids to be mindful of how much water they are wasting by keeping tabs on how much water they start with. An easy way to do this is to use a plug in both the tub and sink so that you aren’t constantly running water during grooming time.
4. Choose natural products.
You may be surprised at all the harsh chemicals you find in everyday grooming products when you take the time to read the labels. Oftentimes you find dangerous toxins that are not only bad for the environment but also bad for your health! That’s why whenever I can, I like to make sure my family (kids included!) strives to use natural products like Tom’s of Maine. These products are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives.
At a recent trip to Walmart, I picked up a few products from Tom’s oral and personal care line like, Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste, Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, and Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant.
I’ve been a fan of Tom’s of Maine deodorant for awhile especially as a pregnancy-safe product and am excited to include their line of toothpaste to our natural oral care routine.
My 3 year-old loves every minute he spends in the bathroom, so I’m making sure to start young with going green!
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How are you celebrating Earth Day?
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.