You don't have to be perfect to be the perfect parent!

It is not easy being Green…or is it?

Being “green” is a catchword in today’s world.  How “green” is “green”?

What can we do to protect our child and the world we live in, but still have the time to enjoy both?   It seems that every day there is a new alert to parents about items to avoid when raising a healthy child and protecting the earth.  It is not easy being green!!!

We Moms have so much on our plate, it is very difficult to think about adding anything else to our “to do” list.  I cannot claim to be the most “green” Mom, but slowly I have made some easy changes that make a difference.   When it comes to being “green” any change we make will make an impact.  As with any change in life, take it slow and take only one step at a time.  Make a few life adjustments and then move on from there.  For most of us, more drastic changes like solar panels and giving up dishwashers may just not be feasible; but small changes like turning off the water when you brush your teeth or getting rid of disposable water bottles DO make a difference!  Setting the example of being environmentally aware is an important lesson for your child.  As always, our children will learn more from our actions than from our words!

Let’s talk about some simple changes that we can make in the home….

  • The refrigerator may be the biggest energy user in your home.  Vacuuming off the coils twice a year will decrease its energy use and improve its efficiency.  (Looked at mine the other day…you will be amazed at the dust!)  The most efficient temperature for the freezer is between 0 and 5 degrees F and the best for the refrigerator is between 38 and 40 degrees F.
  • Unplug small appliances not in use and power down computers.  Items that are not in use and plugged in have “energy drain”!
  • Switching from traditional light bulbs to energy saver bulbs will save up to $50.00 per year when you replace 15 traditional bulbs in your home.  These new bulbs are more expensive, but they last longer too. 
  • Make sure that your toilet does not run constantly and you have a low flow toilet your will save a huge amount of water.  Forty percent of the water usage in a home is from flushing the toilet!
  • Fix leaky faucets.  A slow steady drip can waste thousands of gallons of water a year.
  • Wait until your dishwasher is completely full before you wash.  Let the dishes air dry instead of using the dry cycle.
  • Wash using cold water when you can.  This will save you dollars and energy!
  • Clean the lint out of your dryer before each load.  This will decrease the energy usage, increase your dryer efficiency and also decrease the risk of fire!
  • Adjust the temperature in your home by just 2 degrees, 68 degrees F in the winter and 72 degrees F in the summer.  Dress your baby as you would dress yourself, he will be just fine!
  • If your home was built before the 1970’s, be sure that you test for lead paint.  Lead tests can be purchased at the hardware store.
  • Do not microwave plastics.  Plastics which pose the most concern for our health are numbers 3, 6, and 7.  Stay away from any plastics that contain BPA, especially for your child.
  • Get outside with your child!  Children NEED fresh air, even in the winter!  Being outside is good for Mom and baby!  Air quality can be stuffy inside.  Open your windows and air out your home.  Change your air filter on your furnace often!

Those tips are not so difficult!  Tips for healthier foods, decreasing our trash, and simple activities for our children to come!  What can you add that will help our families live more “green”??

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Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.


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