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5 Ways Your Family Can Go Green This Earth Day

by Sarah Lyons


Use less

Families can be intentional about using less resources with some simple changes. You can use less electricity by turning off lights when you leave the house and unplugging small appliances when they are not in use. Only do laundry when you have a full load ready to be washed to save water. You can also shorten your showers and fix any leaky faucets to conserve water. Consider carpooling or walking when it makes sense to save gas. Start a compost bin to reduce waste and give your garden a boost. Get the kids involved and be creative with how you can conserve resources.

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Pitch in

If you want to clean up your neighborhood consider doing a family volunteer project. You can get friends and neighbors involved by picking up trash along your street, cleaning up a local park, or offering to do landscaping at a school or church. You could adopt a street and make cleaning it up a regular project. Serving in the community will help your kids understand the importance of protecting the environment and helping others.

It may not be feasible to make all these changes at once but thoughtfully consider ways your family can make a difference in your neighborhood and to the earth and environment. Ask the kids to brainstorm how they can pitch in and what they think would be a simple way to make a big difference this Earth Day.

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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