This month marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. Created in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, many consider the 1970 Earth Day observation as the beginning of environmental awareness both nationally and globally. No matter, your political preference or personal beliefs you cannot deny the impact we have on the environment which we live in. It’s an important lesson to pass on to our children to ensure we’re treating this world we live in with respect and care; after all, aren’t we supposed to be its caretakers?
I vividly remember as a child learning about how bad it was to litter on the highway. In fact when I reach back into the depths of my memories I can see litter skewed all over highway ditches. There’s a different scene now that’s for sure. I also remember spending an entire unit in elementary school learning about the three R’s – you know, reduce, reuse and recycle. Being a proper caretaker for the world we live in is something that we need to teach our children; the environment affects our health and wellbeing. What better time to really focus on that than this month leading up to April 22nd?
Here are some easy ways to teach your child about Earth Day and taking care of the world we live in:
One of my favorite ways to add a little change into our home decor is by finding seasonable printables on Pinterest, printing them out and then putting them in a frame that sits on one of the buffets in my living room. I love this free printable from Nothing But Country.
I still have snow on the ground here in the Twin Cities, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get my seeds started inside. I love fresh herbs, especially cilantro and basil. Not only do I love the adorable look to this palette herb garden from Second Chance to Dream but if you’re new to gardening and a little timid in trying it out, herbs are a very easy way to get started. Plus, fresh basil is SO darn expensive in the grocery store that I just can’t justify buying it when I want to make bruschetta. It’s better to have my own supply on demand at home.
I love the ideas that Trish, from Mom on Time Out, has for Earth Day activities that you can do with your entire family. Whether they’re in preschool or in high school there’s something for everyone in this post.
How cool are these paper mache light-up globes from Housing a Forest?! I’m definitely getting on top of making these with my five-and-a-half-year son. Sure this is a little more time consuming than some of the other crafts that you’ll find out there and I know that my almost three-year-old daughter would last about five minutes (and create a terrible mess) but I like the way they look and can envision having them around the house as a decoration.
I love this idea from Make Myself at Home for a steel can planter. You take magazines, an empty steel can, dirt and flower seeds to create a unique planter that your kiddo can claim as his/her own. If you don’t want to watch the seeds grow just use a grown flower from your local nursery. The materials are minimal, the concept is simple and it’s not going to take forever so it should hold the attention span of your toddler.
Whether you make something at home, take a nature walk, pick garbage up as the snow melts make sure you stress the importance of taking care of the earth to your child(ren) this Earth Day. It’s a great reminder for us grown-ups too!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, I’ll be 32 weeks pregnant. Technically only eight more weeks to go, however, it feels like an eternity. Yes, I’m a little uncomfortable now and doing the normal mommy tasks like changing Kendall’s diaper on the floor is daunting. Overall, it’s not been all that bad. I’ve mentioned before that I live in Minnesota and the winter (like much of the US) has been relentless. Yesterday we had our first taste of spring with a high of 60*F! Supposedly today we’re going to have another winter storm. Sure it’s rain/snow mixed, however, I think I may throw something breakable out the window if I see that white falling from the sky. I think that’s one reason why I’m just so ready to be done with this pregnancy. I’m ready for a change of scene and if I’m not going to get it from the weather than by golly I want to see my new baby!
The other reason why I’m so ready to be done with this pregnancy is because I have no clue what gender the baby is. If you remember we didn’t find out with this pregnancy and despite my wanting to know I honored my husband’s wishes to be surprised. We had found out the gender with our first two pregnancies and he’s always wanted to be surprised. It’s the least I could do for him (to fully understand this you’ll have to read my previous post). This past week alone I have had three friends have their babies. I want my baby!! Not knowing what the gender is has been killing my patience (and I’m not a patient person to begin with).
I love this baby growing inside of me but the surprise of the gender kind of makes me feel like the baby is ambiguous. I don’t want to think of it as one gender more than the other because if it’s wrong I don’t want to be thrown off. I also don’t really have a preference for any gender over the other. I know the baby’s movements, a basic schedule, and I can kind of picture my baby but it’s definitely not the same as my other pregnancies.
If I could do it all over again here’s what I would do:
- Baby #1 would be a surprise because I could focus solely on the pregnancy and nothing else. Having other children to care for has really kept me busy and distracted so I rarely lay around soaking in all of those pregnancy moments you have as a first time mom.
- Baby #2 and #3 would not be surprises for the mere fact that I do not have time to be still and focus on my baby. By knowing the gender of my second child before her birth I was able to think about her, dream about what she would look like while I was chasing my oldest around the house.
That’s my little update…I’ll do my best to be patient. I mean I don’t really have any control over when I’ll meet this child. In the meantime I’ll get to know his or hers quirks until I can see this child face to face.