Becoming An Eco-Friendly Mom: Teach Your Humans

This is part 3 of a 3-part series on Becoming An Eco-Friendly Mom! Check out Part 1: Reduce Waste and Part 2: Conscious Consumer to catch up if you've missed them! Without further ado, here is Shelly Tirrell on how to raise eco-friendly humans.

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From day one, I have made it a priority to get outside with my son at least once a day.  Trust me, the Pacific Northwest climate doesn’t make this easy. Regardless of the winter temperatures or gloomy weather, we give it our best effort.

Because of this, my son absolutely loves the outdoors.  Rain or shine, he always enjoys playing in the grass and getting his hands dirty picking up rocks or digging in the garden.  As a child, I was exactly the same. My parents encouraged outdoor play and placed strict limits on screen time.

While it wasn’t as well known at the time when I was a child, getting your kids outdoors has proven to be incredibly important for their development and shaping their opinions of our planet.

For the final part of this series, I’d like to discuss the importance of immersing your child in nature and passing along sustainable habits.  Raising nature-loving kids is arguably the most important part of the eco-friendly mom puzzle. After all, if we don’t pass down our respect for the planet, future generations will continue to deplete it.  So how can we teach these lessons to our little ones? 

1 - Get Out In Nature

Starting from day one, get out and enjoy the fresh air with your little ones.  By making outdoor time fun and frequent, we can show our children that the earth is something we can enjoy and should protect.  Go on hikes, go swimming in a lake or the beach, or just get out in your backyard!  The more they are exposed to nature, the more they will learn to love it.  

2 - Explain Your Sustainable Swaps

When you make sustainable changes in your home, explain it to your kids.  I think sometimes we don’t give enough credit to our children, but they truly understand more than we know.  So when you’re starting a composting routine in your kitchen, break it down and tell them why it’s important.  When you pull out your reusable bags at the store, teach them why you do that. The more you get them involved, the more likely it is that they will adopt these habits when they’re older. 

3 - Encourage Small Changes

Teach your kids the importance of taking small steps to reduce their footprint.  It’s so easy to discredit the impact one person can have by reducing their waste, but small changes really add up! This applies to all things in life-- small actions add up to big results!


Final Thoughts

Transitioning to a more eco-friendly lifestyle can sometimes feel overwhelming.  Reducing waste, shopping sustainably, and taking the time to get outdoors requires dedication and planning, especially as a mom.  I’d like to encourage you to not give up! Even making a few small changes around your home can make a huge difference in your overall impact.  Teaching these sustainable habits to your children will help to create a better world for generations to come. 

For more tips on transitioning to an eco-friendly home, download my free Eco Friendly Home Checklist to get started.

Thank you so much for your commitment to making our world a better place, I am so excited for you to get started on your eco-friendly mom journey!

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