This post is sponsored by Direct Energy, but my support for their green efforts is all my own!

Teaching Your Children to go Green

1. Turn off the lights!  I’ll never forget how my dad taught me to turn off the lights when I was growing up. He would make sure I was totally involved in some activity, like Turn off the lights! homework or watching TV. He would stand by my room and yell across the house for me telling me to come quick because he had to show me something. The excitement in his voice would always make me come quick. As soon as I got there, he would simply say, “You left your light on.”

As frustrated as it would make me, I never forgot about that and now that is exactly how I hae been teaching my own kids about turning off their lights. It TOTALLY works!

2. Conserve water! My kids’ favorite part of our bedtime routine is brushing their teeth. Instead of letting the water run while brushing, we always make sure to only turn it on only as it’s needed. For our older kids, we try to teach them more about the length of their showers. Let’s face it, sometimes I have to remind myself about the appropriate length of my own showers!

3. Recycle! In our city, we have a specific recycle day and the city even gives us blue bags to use for all of our recycling products. My kids get excited when they know something doesn’t belong in the trash, but rather the recycling bag. Since paper, plastics, and aluminum can all be recycled, we tend to fill our bags up fairly quickly and it only adds to my kids’ excitement.

4. Lead by example! At the end of the day, your may not remember everything you said, but they are watching everything you do! Teach them by example.

5. Get their hands dirty! My kids love to play in dirt. I have two young boys, so sometimes dirt is their middle name! I like to make their time in the dirt a little bit more intentional by teaching them about planting things like plants and trees. They enjoy caring for their plants and I get to share with them why it’s important to plant new things!

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