It’s Not That Easy Bein’ Green

Kermit speaks the truth. This Thursday, April 22nd is Earth Day and will give us all a reminder that our planet is in our care.  Last year I wrote a post asking whether busy moms could really be “green,” because it just seemed like such an impossible feat for me at the time.  Well, I can’t say that my household has entirely given up sandwich baggies or papertowls (perish the thought!), but I have begun the process of teaching my kids about the basics like recycling and conservation.

A teaching moment for me recently, was at Disney – during one of our many, many trips to the restroom – when Chatterbox decided to take way too much paper out of the hand towel dispenser to dry her hands. She thought it was funny to ball up a huge wad of paper, but I explained to her and Giggles right then and there where paper comes from and why it is important to use only what you need and no more. Not only was it a great opportunity to teach them not to be wasteful with paper, it was also cool to see the wonder in their faces at the idea that everything comes from somewhere. And of course I spent the next 8 minutes fielding all sorts of questions about how paper was made. But it was worth it. I gave that small activity meaning and, hopefully, they’ll remember our little discussion in the bathroom at EPCOT when they’re at the sink for years to come.  The Living with the Land ride at EPCOT was enlightening for the kids too. As we rode through the supersized greenhouse looking at all of the plants, I asked: “Do you know where fruit comes from?” And both girls said: “The grocery!” And it occurred to me that I had some teaching to do.

So we’re taking this “green” thing day by day, and finding moments to teach ourselves what we can do to do our part for the planet. We might still be using those plastic bags at the grocery (I know), but we recycle the heck out of things and proudly lug our big blue bins to the curb come Wednesday morning. It’s a start.

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30 Responses to “It’s Not That Easy Bein’ Green”

  1. Teaching the kids that everything comes from somewhere is a huge lesson. Even as an adult, I find that I need this reminder every now and then.

  2. Fruit comes from the grocery – hilarious!!!! Gotta love them.

    I, too, must embark on these lessons as we look around and ponder what we are doing to the earth – volcanoes, hurricanes, floods. We’ve got to pay better attention to our actions and most definitely start teaching the kiddies now.
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  3. It’s amazing how in teaching our kids we actually are reminded of some important lessons ourselves. Talking to my 4-year old about Earth Day has really had me thinking about the way I do things too!

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  5. “So we’re taking this “green” thing day by day, and finding moments to teach ourselves what we can do to do our part for the planet. ”

    It is not easy letting go of what we used to do in the past especially if it is not about being green. But I believe that this can be done one step at a time by making simple steps at home and teaching our kids what they can do to contribute.

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  6. Also, earth day is one day before my birthday. SO, what I do is go to the park on earth day, and clean up the park, and then on my birthday, a few friends of mine and I go play football there. It really livens me up.

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  7. Also, earth day is one day before my birthday. SO, what I do is go to the park on earth day, and clean up the park, and then on my birthday, a few friends of mine and I go play football there. It really livens me up. just love it.

  8. This is the time to help our planet, not ourselves. For the future, we will all deserve the result of participating in Earth day. Planting trees is very easy.

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  9. A lot of school are strating to tget in on the act now as well which I think is fantastic. Just last week my 8 year old daughter had a school trip to a local recycling center where they discovered just how many different types of materials can actually be recycled. Whatever those guys did to put their point across clearly worked as my daughter now goes to great lengths to make sure we recycled everything we possibly can – I even found her going through the waste bin last week to make sure we hadn’t thrown out anything that should be in the recylce bin.
    Very eye-opening when you your daughter starts teaching you things!
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  10. Green is being abused by greedy governments who see it as an excuse to raise taxes for the good of the planet.


  11. One question that constantly amuses me is the “why?” question. Or the “how?” question. It wouldn’t simply be enough for me to explain that apples grow on trees but I’d need to explain the why and the how! The kids are constantly reminding me that I’ll never know enough!


  12. I get the why and how at least 10 times a day. You have think fast sometimes. Nice post


  13. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

  14. Love it. I thought I like Kermit for a reason.

  15. you know Im more positive about our planet becoming more green savy,

    I see the new nissan car won best car of the year 2011 and its an electric car, :) thats a good sign dont you think.

  16. Who says that if you are a mother you do not have fun in your life? This is proven wrong by three moms who have put up a site wherein they are sharing their experiences to the world. These moms are lawyers and would like to tell everyone how wonderful it is to be a mom in their age. You will never find a dull moment even if you are young or old.

  17. I try to be a green parent, I guess there are varying degrees. We do a good job recycling, but sometimes the convenience factors kick in, like sandwich bags…
    I do think when my son was in grade school he was more aware of recycling compared to now that he is in high school.
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  18. It really is incredible how by teaching our children we are sometimes reminded of very useful lessons. Especially When I speak to my 5 year old son about Earth Day.

  19. I’m a little cynical and sometimes think all the recycling probably just goes to the landfill with the garbage – I know that is probably not true, but you never know. I agree, as kids get older they don’t seem as interested in recycling. I guess they have more important things to worry about…
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  20. Well as a single Dad, I can tell you being green is almost an impossible feat for me. Rushing my two year old to school preparing dinner, managing a full time career..then be green?? no way..

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  21. As a parent, I understand how sometimes the convenience factor takes over. We try to us reusable products as often as possible. There are plenty of great products on the market that can replace things like sandwich bags. The problem is they cost a little bit & if you send your kids off to school, you have to make sure they don’t lose it. Everything you can teach your kids helps. Just keep with it!
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  22. Recycling and make our life simple is the least we can do for this earth. I like to reuse the gift wrapper for instance. BUt how to keep and organize the stuff we want to recycle is also a problem.
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  24. Many people are so detatched to the sources of their food and other items they may use purchase and consume. It is commendable that you are teaching your children where things come from.

  25. This was hilarious yet an absolutely true fact that it’s no so easy being green especially with children around. But sure likely the way you handled this. Gives me motivation to have similar talks with my kid.

  26. Its tough to be “green” all the time if your kids keep making you see red :)

  27. Yeah! you’re right. It’s not an easy being GREEN especially if you’re out of the BLUE. :)

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