Look Mom! I haven't killed the tomatoes yet!
What I'm realizing now is that many of the things we've been doing that are "green" are to protect the kids. We switched to eco-friendly cleaning products. We try to avoid heavily processed or chemical laden foods. Using low VOC paints, etc., etc,.etc.
Now that our boys are 4 and 6 I think it is time for a different approach. It's not just about protecting them from the nasty chemicals anymore-it's about changing the way they think about the environment. I'm finally taking the time to explain to them the WHYs and not just the HOWs. There's a good reason we take reusable bags to the grocery store, use cloth napkins at dinner and fabric rags to clean. It's time we teach them that.
By watching us do these things now, they are more likely to do similar things as an adult. (That one is a double edged sword of course.) If recycling is normal in our home at age 6, it will be normal in their home at age 26.
We are talking about where our food comes from, and how plants grow. Since we are moving (and in the middle of a major drought) we can't plant a real garden this summer. We are starting sunflower seeds on our windowsill so we can talk about the stage of a seed and what plants need to grow.
We also planted tomato seedlings in containers that the boys are responsible for watering and caring for...under my supervision of course. Next year we'll have a real vegetable garden! I will have to tame the urge to grow ALL THE PLANTS though...
This is the one I've found to work the best. The Tea Tree oil is a natural anti-septic, and tones down the vinegar odor. It takes all of 30 seconds to put together and cleans like a dream!
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner:
3 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil
Pour all the ingredients into your container and shake up. That's it!! Easy, huh?
What's your favorite way to gradually green up your life?