While we’re in favor of being green and eco-friendly all the time, it’s even better when you can get your children involved too! With the spring season and warm weather around the corner, this is the perfect time to make some simple changes with your family to truly go green. Here are some ways you can live a more eco-friendly life with the kids:
1. Ride Bikes
There’s few better ways to enjoy the first few warm days of spring than to ride a bicycle locally. Not only are you getting great exercise in doing so, but you’re saving the environment from the toxic exhaust of motor vehicles. If you need to run a few errands around your town, grab your helmets and take a bike ride with the kids. You’ll be going green, and getting great exercise!
2. Start a Garden
As soon as the cold weather breaks, and you see nothing but warm, sunny days on the forecast, it’s the perfect time to start your own garden at home. Gardening is not only great for the environment, but it provides you with a safe, healthy way to produce your own vegetables and herbs. This activity also provides a great learning experience for the kids who will likely be creating their very first garden.
3. Post-It Notes
Post-It notes are perfect for little reminders, which is exactly what you sometimes need to go green. Write little notes for all different places in the house where you can be more eco-friendly; i.e. turning off lights, recycling when possible, and turning off the water while brushing. Plus, the kids will love sticking the notes everywhere!
4. Ditch the Thermostat
Due to the fact that March sees the changing of seasons, you’ll have to deal with some chilly weeks and some warm ones. Rather than rushing to the thermostat to either raise the heat or lower the AC, try to adjust to the weather in more eco-friendly ways. Once again, this could serve as a valuable lesson for the kids who will one day be in charge of gas and electric bills!
5. Recycling Game
Since recycling isn’t much fun on its own, make a game of it with your kids! Once you have a house full of recyclables, set up three different bins for paper, plastic, and aluminum. Teach your children which products go into each bin and take turns tossing the items in (leaving the messy stuff out)!
Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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