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How to Make Homemade Baby Food Purées

Want to start making your own baby food purées? It’s not as hard as you think. 

Want to make your own homemade baby food purees? It's not as hard as you think.

Starting solids has been quite an adventure. As a first-time mom, there’s a lot of information to consider and several different methods of feeding. After a great deal of research and taking a class on starting solids and homemade baby food I felt ready, but my baby had other ideas.

We started offering solids at six months, but she just was not interested. Throughout the next three months, we continued to offer, but there was still no interest. Right around when she turned nine months, she started to show some interest so we started making our own purées.

Homemade baby food supplies


As we all know, there’s many ways to skin a cat. Everyone has different ideas about how to introduce solids. I tried a few different methods before deciding that purées were the best way for all of us. I purchased a Beaba Babycook and started with simple purées of a single fruit or vegetable.

When buying the fruits and vegetables, I mostly try to adhere to the “clean fifteen/dirty dozen” rules. Once you can eliminate any foods that may cause an allergic reaction in your child, then comes the fun part! You can start making purée mixes with many fruits and vegetables. Recipes are easy to find online and there are even baby food cookbooks. Or you can create your own!

puree&pour

Once you get the hang of making your own food, it’s easy! I use the Babycook machine, but purées can be made in a blender as well. What I love about the Babycook is that it is an all-in-one machine. It steam cooks and purées your food. To start, chop up your food into chunks and set it to steam cook on the desired setting. After it has finished, dump your steamed food into the blender part of the machine and purée to your preference.

After I make a batch of food, I pour it into a silicone ice tray and freeze for an hour or two. After each portion is frozen, pop them out of the ice tray and store in freezer bags until you are ready to feed them to your little one. I like to label mine with the contents and when I made them so I know how old they are.

When you get ready to prepare them, you can either re-steam a cube in the Babycook machine or throw them in the microwave for ten seconds at a time. One cube is about one portion for my little eater, but if your baby likes more you can always heat up another one. If your baby likes to eat out of pouches like mine does, then you can buy reusable pouches and put in your own baby food. My daughter likes them because she can squeeze them herself.

Homemade baby food storage

Homemade purées can be fun and give you the peace of mind of knowing what your child is eating. I occasionally give my child store bought food when I need a break or we are out and about, but for the most part, we know the source of her foods.

Do you make your own baby food? Share in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

 

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Takes a Hands-Off Approach to Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Scott Pruitt's Role in Oklahoma EarthquakesOklahoma attorney general and President Trump’s nominee to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt’s environmental record is currently under a microscope, including his role in Oklahoma’s earthquake increase.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) questioned him about his role in the earthquakes, which scientist have linked to disposal wells used in the oil and gas industry.

Sanders asked what action Pruitt had taken to which he said he was very concerned, Sanders then said, “and therefore you must have taken action. I guess, can you tell me who you fined for doing this?” To which Pruitt replied, “the corporation commission in Oklahoma is vested with the jurisdiction and they have actually acted on that.”


 

Oklahomans have dealt with a record number of earthquakes that have caused damage and injuries around the state while waiting on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to act.

In states like California and New York, attorney generals have been quick to step in on issues like this, while Pruitt took a hands off approach.

The Sierra Club issued a statement about the Pruitt nomination calling out his inaction on the earthquakes in Oklahoma.

“When a 2015 report from the Oklahoma Geological Survey found a direct link between oil and gas mining and increased destruction and property damage from earthquakes, Pruitt did nothing even though as Attorney General he is responsible for protecting Oklahomans. As the costs of earthquake damage pile up, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Geological Survey have urged action, Pruitt has done nothing as families have been forced from their homes. Scott Pruitt is also leading the legal challenge against the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, passed by President Obama in 2011 to protect families from dangerous levels of mercury and arsenic, pushing to have it thrown out by the courts and allow coal-fired power plants to again dump tons of mercury into our environment.”

With his hands-off approach on this issue and many others impacting Oklahoma, it’s hard to know what action, if any, Pruitt will take on environmental issues plaguing the country.

If you are concerned about Scott Pruitt’s nomination for the head of the EPA tell your Senator

Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms

Eating local is made easy with 1907 Meat Company in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms with 1907 Meat Company

Eating and buying locally grown foods has many benefits.  It supports local farms and helps the regional economy. Many of us look to local farmers markets or stands to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables. But where do you find or buy your local meat? In Stillwater, 1907 Meat Company, a whole animal butcher shop and restaurant, is working with local ranches to offer locally grown beef, pork, lamb, and chicken.


Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms with 1907 Meat Company

On a recent trip to Stillwater, I stopped in at 1907 Meat Company to talk with owner Adam Gribben about his business and learn more about how he is working within his community to offer locally grown products that customers want. I even sampled a few items off the lunch menu that will have me returning again and again.

Adam is an OSU graduate who recently returned to the area. He opened 1907 Meat Company to reconnect people with local farmers and locally made products. He wanted to focus on food transparency because customers are demanding it. He said,

“We tell the truth. You know where it comes from, what’s in it, or what’s not in it, because there’s nothing in it. It’s meat from an animal that was raised on a farm that you can go visit.”

Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms with 1907 Meat Company

 

The shop works closely 22 local ranchers to produce beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Every animal is humanely raised, pasture fed, and finished on grain and grass. They use a local processor and an in-house butcher, Chad Smith who is a 3rd generation butcher. The shop is involved in every step.

In addition to locally sourced meat, you can find fresh local produce from Bear Creek Farms that is delivered fresh produce to the shop weekly. You can often find him and other local farmers in the shop. That’s the beauty of this local shop. It is connecting the community is so many ways.

Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms with 1907 Meat Company

Because this is a whole animal butcher shop, you can get hard to find tongue, lard, heart, and more. Leftover bones are smoked and available for dog treats. Products are also rotated out of the meat case and offered in the restaurant. Executive Chef Matt Buechele creates a unique daily menu for breakfast and lunch Tuesday thru Saturday and Brunch on Sunday. When we were in town, we went for both Saturday lunch and Sunday Brunch. My favorite thing has to be the Short Rib Hash with potatoes, peppers, onions, and two eggs. I mean there isn’t a word in that title I don’t love. Everything on the menu is equally as delicious.

Eating and buying local is a win for the consumer, grower, and the community. Reconnect with your local farmers and ranchers to taste the Made in Oklahoma products today.

How Bad Are Your Pets for the Environment?

Your pets have a big impact on the planet. There are some steps you can take to reduce that impact though. 

How bad are your pets for the environment? They can be greener!

People with furry family members often form a strong bond with them. This is great from an emotional standpoint, but everything we do has an environmental impact, and that includes pets. Many common habits of pet owners aren’t exactly eco-friendly, but a little bit of forethought can make a big difference.


What’s Goes In … 

If you have a pet, you’re familiar with cleaning up after them. Most pet owners are pretty good about picking it up, but some people aren’t. People who have dogs that poop in their yards usually pick it up weekly or monthly, but not daily.

There are a few reasons people don’t pick up poop, including the misconception that it’s a good fertilizer. Really, it’s not that good for the soil. While it does give some nutrients, mostly nitrogen, it’s also a carrier for lots of diseases. Dogs can carry up to 65 diseases that are transmittable to humans, so keeping their feces around as fertilizer may not be the best idea.

Cat feces can also pose a problem. Cats require something dogs don’t – a litter box. Cat litter is often difficult to dispose of properly. It shouldn’t be flushed unless you get a kind designed for that, and clay-based litters won’t degrade at all, ever. With all the cats around, about 2 million tons of cat litter gets sent to landfills in America every year.

When you do pick up poop or clean out the litter box, what do you put it in? Most people use a plastic bag, and everyone already knows how bad plastic bags are. Of course this is a better use than just throwing them away, but it’s also very effective at not allowing the poop to break down for the next 150 years.

Gotta Feed ‘Em!

If you have a pet, it’s generally considered good practice to keep it alive. That often involves food, unless it’s a cat that can get its own food – in which case you don’t have a pet as much as a feral cat that’s not afraid of you. If you use canned food, that’s two or more cans of food a day. Hopefully those cans go in the recycling, but not everyone recycles.

Then you have to look at the food its self. Almost all commercial pet foods include meat. While human food has gotten a lot of attention for being locally sourced and humanely raised, pet food hasn’t quite gotten there. So most pet food is probably coming from conditions you’re trying to avoid for yourself. If you think dog and cat poop is bad, you don’t want to get started on waste products from large-scale farming operations

Grooming Extras

Pets need to be taken care of. Some animals will actually suffer if they aren’t properly groomed, like poodles, who don’t shed. If you have a pet, keeping them properly groomed is part and parcel of ownership. This includes everything from washing and brushing to preventive medicine like flea guard and tooth-brushing.

Depending on the animal and the level of grooming involved, it can be simpler to pay someone else to do it. While this can save you time and effort, it’s one more errand to run. Unless you can walk, you’re probably driving your pet since most public transportation doesn’t allow them. To cut down on burning extra fossil fuels, find the closest pet groomer possible. Maybe you’ll get lucky and one will be in walking distance.

Even if you do it yourself, that’s still a significant amount of chemicals to add to the environment. Buying green or biodegradable products will help cut down on the environmental impact. If you have an animal, it’s important to take care of it properly – but you can make choices that benefit the environment as well as your pet.

Wildlife Damage

Cats are pretty decent hunters, even if they’re well fed and kept inside. This is fine if they’re being good mousers in your barn, but when they’re hunting other wildlife, it can sometimes be a bit of a problem. One cat won’t do much, but when you take into account all the outdoor cats that are hunting for fun, you end up with a pretty significant impact.

Cats kill all kinds of things, like birds, rabbits, squirrels, bats, voles, mice, snakes and probably a lot more. Scientists can’t measure how many of each species cats kill each year because it’s simply too broad a spectrum. However, they have taken a look at birds, and cats kill about 10 percent of the land bird population of the United States every year. That’s an insane amount! Some people are upset about birds flying into wind farms, but they should really be looking at their furry friends.

Having a pet may not be the best thing you can do for the environment, but it’s certainly not the worst. Try to be conscious about the products you buy for your animal, just like you are for yourself. Biodegradable poop bags, locally sourced meats and a pet with minimal reasons to hunt are all great steps to take.

Only Natural Pet

Organic Milk: Not As Healthy As You Think?

Think all organic milk is healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think.

Is organic milk as healthy as you think? It may not be.

Did you know that most cartons of organic milk have an average shelf life of 6 months, no refrigeration required? Gratitude for this amazing shelf life belongs to a process called UHT or ultra-high temperature pasteurization. While milk pasteurization has been around for over a hundred years, UHT has only been commercially used since the 1970s. The consequences of UHT on organic milk (or any milk) are questionable.


Pasteurization is a heating process, legally mandated in any milk being shipped across state lines, to kill harmful bacteria. States also have laws about whether or not pasteurization is required for in-state sales. Pasteurization was implemented during a time when thousands of people were dying from diseases carried by milk. While several different pasteurization methods exist, two are most common:  high temperature short time (HTST) or flash and UHT.

HTST Pasteurization Method

Milk is heated to 161 degrees F for atleast 15 seconds. It kills harmful bacteria but leaves good probiotic bacteria. HTST ensures that your milk is fresher and likely, more local than UHT milk as its expiration date is much shorter.[i]

UHT Pasteurization Method

This method heats milk to 280 degrees F for 2 seconds. UHT quickly kills 100 percent of bacteria in milk, even the good ones. Milk that has undergone UHT often tastes “burnt.” Furthermore, the UHT process requires more energy than the HTST method. Using UHT method, it is also possible to reheat any unsold/unopened milk and place them back on the store shelf.[ii]

Controversy exists whether or not UHT is actually a beneficial process to keeping our milk healthy and safe. Some research claims that the nutrients that are killed through the UHT process are not necessary for human health. However, what is known is that yogurt or keffir cannot be made from UHT milk, but it can be made from HTST milk, implying that certain healthy bacteria are only present in HTST processed milk.  It is also important to keep in mind that much of the organic milk is packaged in a non recyclable container. Milk companies will state that consumers are demanding milk with longer shelf life for convenience. It is up to us to demand otherwise.

Want to know which brands of organic milk don’t use UHT? Thanks to research by the Sweet Beet blog, we have a list of milk producers, but always make sure you read the labels first before purchase.

Brands that don’t use UHT
Natural by Nature

Brands that use both HTST and UHT (read the label): 
Horizon
Organic Valley
Whole Foods 365 Organic



[i] If you want to find out where your milk is from, find the code on your milk and use this website Where is my Milk from?

[ii] Controversy exists whether or not this is actually happening, but research has been conducted on reheating milk using the UHT method. See Cattaneo, S., Masotti, F., & Pellegrino, L. (2008). Effects of overprocessing on heat damage of UHT milk. Eur Food Res Technology, 226, 1099-1106.Sources

  1. CDC. (2013) Raw Milk Questions and Answers.
  2. The Sweet Beet
  3. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  4. Food Renegade
  5. Locavore Del Mundo

 

Creating Green Habits

It’s A Great Time to Adopt A New Easy, Green Habit!

Wanting to be more eco-friendly? These tips will help you create green living habits.

It’s the start of a new year and everyone is talking about the new habits they plan to adopt, me included. I’m not going to lie, changing a habit is hard! It takes a lot of focus, determination and time. Now consider trying to change the habits of others – especially your family members. However, given the right incentive (no, not a bribe!) all of the effort and time will be worth it. Hopefully this post encourages you to begin to think about your family’s green habits!

What Is A Habit?


A habit is defined as, “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” What are your family’s (not so) green habits? Are they in the habit of leaving the water running while brushing their teeth? Are they in the habit of leaving lights on even after they leave a room? Are they in the habit of tossing all trash into one garbage can?  If you are like most families you have some of these habits but have never stopped to think about why you are doing them and why or if you should change them.

Here’s one last fact about habits that is actually pretty interesting. A study conducted by a health psychology researcher at University College London concluded that on average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic – 66 days to be exact. Check out this article on the Huffington Post for more info about the study.

Green Habits You Can Adopt

Use Cloth Paper Towels
Did you know that 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used each year? That’s over 45 pounds of paper towels per person, per year. You can definitely make a dent in that by adopting a new habit and switching to cloth “paper” towels instead! Here are three easy options:

A super easy, cheap option to using paper towels, that you can probably implement today, is to use old t-shirts or towels. Dig them out of their hiding places in your house and put them to good use. Just cut them up into a paper towel-like size and you’re ready for messes!

If you’re into something a little fancier or are looking for a particular color scheme pick up some small, kitchen towels as an alternative to paper towels.  They can be stashed in a kitchen drawer or stored on the counter in a cute basket for easy access when needed. It’s easy to pop them in the washer once a week ready to go for the next mess.

My favorite option is the cutest of the alternatives to paper towels on the list! These cute, rolls of cloth paper towels fit a paper towel holder just like the paper rolls except they aren’t paper! They snap or Velcro together to form a roll of towels so you still get the satisfying feeling of pulling a towel off the roll.

Use LED Light Bulbs
A big chunk (34.6%) of a family’s energy use is on appliances, electronics and lighting – a perfect place start a new habit.

To use less energy when it comes to lighting is easy, right? Just turn off the light when it’s not needed and you’re done, but that’s only part of the equation. In addition to turning off the light you can also upgrade your bulb to a more energy efficient LED bulb.

Here is a quick comparison between incandescent bulbs (the ones you are probably most familiar with) and LED bulbs:

LED bulbs

Now don’t be alarmed by the cost per LED bulb. Just keep reading until you get to the total cost for 50,000 hours. There is your rationale for spending the money on an LED bulb. Check out the number of KWh of electricity used over 50,000 ours numbers.  Incandescent bulbs use a whopping 3,000 KWh while LEDs use just 500. That’s a huge savings on electricity and valuable natural resources.

Program Your Thermostat

According to the US Energy Information Administration, in 2009 US homes on average used 41.5% of their total energy use on space heating and 6.2% of their total energy use on air conditioning (or 47.7%). That’s a big chunk worth exploring…and worth forming a new habit.

Get into the habit of programming or managing your thermostat settings. If you have a programmable thermostat, great!  If not, you will have to manually adjust it but it’s doable.

If you are like me you may have had a programmable thermostat for a while but haven’t gotten around to actually programming it. Familiarize yourself with your thermostat. If you have to, dig out or go online to find the user’s manual for your model.

Here is a general guide for winter settings for a family with adults and children that are out of the house all day for work and school:

  • 68°F about 30 minutes before family wakes up
  • 56°F to 58°F at the time the family typically leaves the house
  • 68°F about 30 minutes before the family starts arriving at home
  • 56°F to 58°F once the whole family has gone to bed (and is bundled in warm pj’s and blankets!)

Ready For New Habits?

I know making and breaking habits is hard but if you are motivated and determined you will succeed. And why not focus on making your world a better place for you and your family? Your actions can serve as a valuable lesson for others around you. And these EASY actions are definitely doable – just give it 2 months!!

Ditch the Toothpaste, Brush with Soap

Ever thought about brushing your teeth with soap? Maybe you should!

Have you heard of brushing your teeth with tooth soap? Read what it is, how to do it and why you should.

Disclaimer: This is not to be considered medical advice. Please consult your dentist.

Remember when you had to wash your mouth out with soap for saying a bad word as a kid?  Well, it turns out your elders may have been onto something because brushing your teeth with regular bar soap has been shown to work better than commercial toothpaste.


The main man behind the movement, Dr. Gerard F. Judd from Arizona, published a book called “Good Teeth” aimed at allowing people retain their original teeth well into their elderly year by following a few simple rules to maintain a healthy mouth and gums.

One of these main rules is to brush with regular bar soap.  According to Dr. Judd, commercial toothpaste contains a high amount of glycerin which deposits a layer on the tooth that covers the plaque and prevents it from being brushed – taking a whopping 27 rinses to remove.   It also prevents the tooth from re-mineralizing, which is essential to the health of the tooth.   Soap actively kills bacteria and removes plaque, thus preventing the onset of one of the most common diseases in the world – gingivitis and tooth decay.

One of the other main points Dr. Judd brings up is the over use of fluoride that Americans are accustomed to.  His main argument is that fluoride has been shown to double tooth decay during an average lifespan.  And, since most water supplies contain fluoride the use of it in our mouth care is overkill.  By using regular bar soap, you are eliminating several unnecessary ingredients.

If the thought of tasting soap during your daily brushings gives you the chills, don’t worry because you will get used to the taste after 3-4 brushes.   The best recommendation is to use a bar soap that is detergent-free and contains a very high percentage of olive oil.  Olive oil should be the first ingredient on the list.  Coconut oil found in most detergent and non-detergent based soaps are what give them the very strong “soapy” taste.

If you can, try to find 100% olive oil soap (also known as true castile, where the only oil in the soap is olive oil) – it will be sweeter flavored. Brushing with tooth soap has become more popular and there are now commercial available tooth soaps, making that a great option as well.  An essential oil mint blend such as spearmint or peppermint will also help improve the taste.  Rinse well (at least 2 times) with water after brushing and don’t forget to brush your tongue to eliminate odor causing bacteria.

After the first brush you will notice your mouth feeling like you had just walked out of the dentist’s office.  And, your teeth will feel cleaner for a much longer period of time.  It’s worth a try.  You may even find yourself wondering what to do with your extra money from not having to buy toothpaste or pay for expensive dentist bills.

Natural Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

Making your own DIY homemade natural cleaners isn’t hard and can save you a lot of money!

DIY Homemade Natural CleanersConventional cleaners often contain ingredients that can be harmful. Many of the ingredients are endocrine disrupters, which can cause adverse reproductive, neurological developmental and immune effects. These risks are especially high during prenatal and early postnatal development.

Making your own cleaners allows you to have control over the ingredients. It can also save you money. Buying the ingredients may cost a bit in the beginning but once you have the supplies on hand you can make these cleaners for less than you are spending now, in most cases. If you plan to make them often check out bulk ingredients on Amazon to save a little money.


There are many great homemade cleaners out there to try. Pinterest has endless options. These are just a few that use really good ingredients and are great products.

Homemade Natural Cleaners

DIY Homemade Natural Cleaners

Daily Shower Spray from Retro Housewife Goes Green

Dish Detergent for Hand Washing from Bren Did

Dusting Spray from Frugally Blonde

Stainless Steel Cleaner from The Crunchy Chronicles

Grapefruit Soft Scrub from Mommypotamus

DIY Homemade Natural Cleaners

Liquid Laundry Detergent from Retro Housewife Goes Green

Dishwasher Detergent from Bren Did

Bleach Alternative from One Good Thing by Jillee

Granite Cleaner from Root and Revel

Toilet Bowl Cleaner from Mom 4 Real

DIY Homemade Natural Cleaners

Citrus Refrigerator Deodorizer from Retro Housewife Goes Green

Lemon Infused Disinfectant Spray Cleaner from Bren Did

Dryer Sheets from View From The Fridge

Floor Cleaner from Hello Glow

Laundry Stain Remover from Bren Did

DIY Homemade Natural Cleaners

Sleep Linen Spray from Retro Housewife Goes Green

Scented Cleaning Vinegar from Bren Did

Bathroom Cleaner from Remodelaholic

Glass Cleaner from Pins and Procrastination

Lemon and Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner from Mommypotamus
If you are just getting started or like a more simple approach you can clean most things with castile soap, baking soda, or vinegar. Keeping these ingredients on hand is a great start. They are also featured in many of the recipes above.

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8 Reasons to Teach Kids to Care for the Earth

Is it that important to teach kids how to take care of the earth? We all know it’s important to care for the earth because that’s what we will be leaving for our kids, but it’s also important to be a good example for them. We need to teach them what they can do now and in the future to help our earth as well. It takes a village to make a change. Everyone has to work together for change to happen and the damage we have done to be reversed.

8 Reasons to Teach Kids to Care for the Earth

Over the past few years, we have seen some serious results of the way we’ve been living on this planet like there is no tomorrow. I want our grandchildren to inherit a wonderful, healthy place to live so we have to teach the next generation how to be good stewards.


The climate is changing, the earth is groaning for us to stop the damage. Are we listening? Have we made any changes? Does anyone care?

8 Reasons to Teach Kids to Care for the Earth

The society we live in is a disposable one. We don’t care what we waste. We don’t care what could be reused or donated instead of piled in a landfill. Why bring a cup to get your coffee when they have perfectly good ones there at the store? What about shopping bags? What about saving energy or fuel? It’s up to all of us to make a difference. Small changes can add up over time, so it’s important that we look at the small things.

Before I realized what was going on, I could use up a 12 pack of Bounty paper towels in my daycare in a month. That was one of the small changes I made, to pay attention to what I could use a washrag for or something else that could be reused. I still use paper towels, but two rolls last me about a year. I use them for very few things.

8 Reasons to Teach Kids to Care for the Earth

Daycare is messy business, so it’s tough to find ways to cut back on wasting resources. I have gone from getting approximately 10 plastic bags a week from the grocery store to maybe 25 in a year when I forget my bags. I have even taught my husband to ask not to have a bag when he buys just one thing. Ten bags a week is about 500 a year! I reuse some of them to send home soiled clothing but that’s a LOT of bags I was throwing away and then recycling. Eventually we pared it down to what we do now.

There are so many ways I can save resources in daycare AND it saves me money as well. I love that I’m being a good example to my kids. They know where the recycle bin is and if they are going to throw something away that’s recyclable, I tell them, put that in the recycle and they do it. That’s teaching them early what needs to be done.

8 Reasons to Teach Kids to Care for the Earth

 

Reasons to Teach Kids to Care for the Earth

Why should I care if my kids learn these lessons? There are many reasons, I’ll name a few here to get you thinking.

  1. It is SOOOO much easier to be disciplined to do something if you are used to doing it. There are many habits I really wish I would have been taught as a child. When I became an adult, it was so hard to discipline MYSELF to be a good worker, to clean up after myself, and other things. I wish I would have been a disciplined child, but I just wasn’t. I would love for my kids to have good earth friendly habits as second nature BEFORE they are the ones responsible for it.
  2. It teaches them respect for resources and doing the right thing. It’s in our nature to cast off doing what isn’t fun. An object at rest stays at rest. If kids feel compelled to recycle, pre-cycle or upcycle their trash instead of piling it all on someone else to deal with, that feeling stays with them. Teaching kids how hard it is to acquire resources or how things are made teaches them a greater appreciation for what they are choosing and using.
  3. They will be here after I’m gone. When I’m too old to make my shopping choices or to guide anyone else anymore, someone will need to carry on my beliefs about caring for the environment. The lessons they learn now will take them into the future.
  4. We need MORE people to care. I believe children are the future. They are the ones that will unite together to form a larger group of people who care if we teach them young. They can teach others as well.
  5. Kids have such unbridled passion. I remember seeing my daughter learn about being a good steward of the earth. She is still shouting it from the mountaintops. Young people have such vigor for what they believe in. I believe she is changing the world and I believe SHE can change our future.
  6. If they don’t take care of it, there may be nothing left. As quickly as we see the environment changing, we may not have much time left to make a change. If we don’t get as many people on board as we can now, it may be too late when these children are grown.
  7. It’s fun. Thinking of creative ways to care for the environment around us can be made into a game. It’s like a puzzle trying to figure out the best ways to make a difference. Kids can make it more fun for us as we teach them that it’s a pleasure to make this choice!
  8. It helps kids think about something outside of themselves. It’s never too early to teach children their wants and needs aren’t the most important thing. It teaches them empathy and patience if we show them that materialism is not good for anyone. Learning where many of our products come from is a big eye opener for kids and adults.

It’s a great and valuable lesson to teach children or other adults why these issues matter. Making small changes is a great way to take baby steps in making a different future than we are headed for now. Think of one thing you can do today to change the future and invite some kids to do it with you. You will plant a seed in them that will make a difference in our world for generations.

8 Reasons to Teach Kids to Care for the Earth

Green Tips

  • Start using reusable shopping bags.
  • Bring your own cup instead of getting a disposable one.
  • Serve food on real washable dishes and can the paper and Styrofoam products.
  • Chose glass as often as you can and recycle it when you’re finished using it. Glass can be recycled indefinitely and lasts nearly forever in a landfill.
  • Turn your heat or air two degrees cooler in winter and warmer in summer to save valuable resources. You might not even notice two degrees.
  • Start composting your food scraps for your garden or your neighbor’s.
  • Buy from bulk bins using your own containers to save packing. If you don’t have bulk bins, buy the biggest package possible so there is less packaging involved.
  • Use as little soap, shampoo, detergent, etc. as it takes to get the job done. Start by trying using half and see if things are still getting as clean.
  • Use vinegar, a great disinfectant, to clean as many things as you can. It’s great on glass diluted by half, it makes a great fabric softener, it can be used for tons of things and doesn’t leave harsh chemicals in the water supply and air.

There are many more things that can be super effective. Check into it and make small changes today!

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