Today I have one of my lovely sponsors here talking about raising children to cherish the earth. Make sure you read all the way to the end, because Jacki is also giving away a little something fun!
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Raising Children to Cherish the Earth.
I am slightly “green”…ok who am I kidding…every day I try to find new ways to be environmentally friendly. Sometimes it just happens to be frugal….cloth napkins, cloth diapers, mason jars for leftovers…you get the idea, but a lot of our changes start out environmental in nature.
This has been something I have been interested in my whole life. I even went to get a degree in environmental management (turned out not to be a fit for me, I didn’t appreciate the negativity towards conservatives…or being called hippy that probably smelled like patchouli).
So when we started having babies, I wanted to make sure I was raising children to cherish the earth.
They are still young, all are still under the age of 5, but at this age there are so many things you can do.
Read Books with their favorite characters being “green”
D, our oldest, loves Fancy Nancy, so it was a no brainer when we saw “Fancy Nancy Every Day is Earth Day”. I kid you not, after reading this book she really started to be “green”.
Teach them how God gave us the earth and we needed to be good stewards.
Now this is easier than is sounds. Read them the story of Creation and then Adam and Eve.
Ask them questions about how they think we can take care of the earth.
I think you would actually be surprised at some of the good ideas they come up with. Write everything they say down so they feel like you are taking them seriously.
Show them how to take care of the earth.
As parent we all know that kids copy what we do. We could talk to them about being “green” until we are blue in the face but unless they see us doing it, they aren’t going to think it is important.
When the weather is nice, take a walk with trash bags and gloves and pick up your street.
Start a recycling bin and talk to them about why you recycle (if you don’t have curbside recycling, this is still important).
Let them see you trying to conserve water and conserve energy. Bring reusable bags to the store. Get some plain bags and let them decorate them so they get really excited about them.
If you are able to start when they are young, then you will be able for being “green” to be second nature to them. A Proverbs 22:6 moment for raising children to cherish the earth.
Have an Earth Day celebration to kick it all off!
Earth Day started in 1970 and has gotten bigger every year.
If you haven’t been trying to be “green” and want to start, April 22 is Earth Day. Have a celebration! Be sure to used reusable items or recycled items…and makes sure to recycle what you can and make sure all trash gets thrown away.
Jacki is the voice behind the blog Crafted by Momma. She is a daughter of the King of Kings, a wife, and a momma to 3 little blessings. She also runs a handmade shop on Etsy where you can find custom kids clothing, cloth wipes, quilts and more.
It’s giveaway time! Jacki is giving away: One softy block. This block is great for little ones and has cotton, flannel and minky square with different types of ribbon (all reinforced with extra stitching). This is stuffed with a poly batting. You can custom order these for any colors you would like at Crafted By Mama.
And your choice of either a girl print or boy print (as pictured) of 10 cloth wipes. Great to go along with cloth diapers or just to have around for messy faces. You can use them as family cloth too! Store in a wet bag until laundry day, wash in hot water (if used for diapers or family cloth). They have serged edges for durability.These are also available in custom prints through Crafted By Mama.
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