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Tips for Raising Earth-Friendly Children

by Rebecca Eanes on Mar 21st, 2017

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Basic Conservation

Being eco-friendly starts with making small, mindful changes. Teach children to conserve water by taking shorter showers and turning off the faucet while they brush their teeth. Remind them to turn off the lights when they leave a room, turn off the TV when no one is watching, and power down the computer when it isn’t in use. Change to energy-efficient lightbulbs and rechargeable batteries. If the school, park, or Grandma’s house is within walking distance, leave the car in the garage and walk together. Lastly, teach children not to trash their unwanted toys, shoes, clothing, and books but to gather them for donation instead.

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Clean Green

You might consider ditching your old household cleaners for more natural alternatives. While many companies now offer green products, you can DIY several solutions. Clean and disinfect with white vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 9 parts water in a spray bottle). Make up a lemon oil duster with 10 drops of pure lemon oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and a few drops of olive oil. Clean drains with baking soda and vinegar and sprinkle baking soda on the carpets to deodorize. Ditch the scented candles and instead put orange peels and cinnamon sticks into a pot of water and simmer.

Raising earth-friendly children begins with you making earth-friendly choices that your kids will see and take part in. Build good habits early and your efforts will impact generations to come.

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.

 

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