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Keeping Up With Changing Times

Embracing the "Going Green" Trend

March 01, 2011
I am not an old mom (yet) or a young mom (anymore). I am in the middle...so middle aged mom, I guess. I have eleven years of motherhood under my belt thus far. There are a lot of things about motherhood that have stayed the same overtime; loads and loads of laundry...that never changes. There are some things, though, that have changed without me knowing it or even understanding it. One major change for me, the mom in the middle, is the ever changing technology. I thought it was cool when I had the flip phone. Somewhere between my flip phone and Facebook, texting happened. Yes, I DO text and yes, my 5th grader is better at it than I am. Which makes me wonder some days, if in fact, I am smarter than my 5th grader? In technology, I highly doubt it.

An area that has also changed over the past decade is the concept of "Going Green." When my first daughter started drinking milk, my pediatrician recommended organic milk. At the time, organic was NOT the norm. Finding organic milk was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Now, of course, "Going Green" is much more mainstream and easy for moms to do. This is actually something that I feel that I don't HAVE to do, but something I WANT to do.

Since I am the generation that grew up on happy meals, I know it can be a hard mind set to change. I also know that it is something that our childrens' generation innately comprehend. I am not sure if it is marketing, taught in schools or both, but somehow they know that recycling is important and fresh is better. So with that, March is a great time to make a plan with your family on how you want to embrace "Going Green" this Spring. The great thing with this concept is that you can usually implement your "Going Green Plan" quickly. Ask your kids what their definition of recycling is. Write down what they say and apply it to their age group. If you have little ones, recycling could be giving their used toys or clothes to their younger sibling. If your kiddos are older, their definition could apply to sorting plastics, newspapers and aluminum to a recycling bin.

Regardless of your children's age, a great way to embrace "Going Green" is to plant a family garden. It doesn't have to be big or overwhelming task. Instead, pick a few things you all enjoy eating as a family and try growing them. Plus, planning and planting a garden is a fun activity to do as a family. If starting a garden doesn't float your boat, perhaps buying local and going to farmer's markets is more your speed. Still a great way to eat fresh! In the winter, I am a big fan of Whole Foods Market. Like my texting skills, I am not perfect in the area of Going Green, but by trying a few of the above tips, I know my children are embracing the concept of a healthier lifestyle. We do, in fact, physically "do" these things as a family together - recycle, reuse, garden, cook. Little did I know that "Going Green" would be a great way for our family to spend quality time together. I am sure there is an app for that, right?

More Tips for Going Green:

1. When you Clean - Use Green! Many household cleaning products contain various chemicals and toxins detrimental to the environment and to your health.

2. Buy Recycled Products. Buying new products made from recycled materials allows you to "close the loop," creating a market for the items recycled curbside or in other recycling programs.

3. Ditch Plastic Drinking Bottle. 80% of the 25 billion single-serving plastic water bottles Americans use each year end up in landfills. Recycle your bottles, or better yet, choose to reuse with a refillable water bottle made of a refill-safe material.

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Mary Susan Buhner is a Life Coach for Moms and author of "Mommy Magic: Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity." Visit her Web site at www.Mommy-Magic.com.

Tags: In This Issue, Green Parenting, Parenting

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