Start Em While They are Young – Part 2

In our previous post we talked about how important it is to instill lessons and values into our children as soon as possible while being careful not to legalistically shove our beliefs down their throats. Really we as parents and teachers need to lead by example.

This memory stays with me from years ago, before I married and had kids. I was traveling somewhere in an airport and I remember looking over at a small child eating candy while sitting next to his mom. Each candy wrapper was nonchalantly thrown onto the floor followed the child popping the treat into his mouth. The parent did nothing. She just sat there and then left the mess on the floor. I was floored! How was this kid supposed to know that the floor/ground is not a garbage can and WHY it’s important not to litter if someone doesn’t guide and teach him?

It’s not hard to see people littering all over the place every time we leave our homes. And boy does it accumulate! We can slap fines on people for littering but I think real change comes from educating and motivating our children to help the problem.

We have woods behind our house with a walking trail that we like to utilize as much as possible. This week my oldest kid (8 years) insisted that she take several garbage bags with her on the walk to clean up the trail and this is what she came back with:

We all can take part in someway to cleanup our communities to make them better for the next generation. What’s it going to be for you?

Start em While They’re Young!! – Part 1

Some people (sometimes I would think most people in our society but I want to stay real and as positive as possible here) think that it’s irresponsible to have many children. I do understand the mindset behind this…”we are in an over population crisis! People are starving all over the world!…People use and wast so much energy in our country…There are landfills popping up everywhere..” and on and on it goes. I’m not saying these points are not valid, they certainly are! However I do not believe that the solution to these problems is making sure our communities have 1.5 children. I personally have seen landfills grow and even took a class in engineering school to learn how to design one to fill MORE garbage. I personally had a grandfather that said the meanest things about me wanting a large family. But here’s the thing, there is power in patiently educating without shoving points down people’s throats.

I do believe that we need to do better. Better in taking care of what has been given to us and being grateful for this earth that we live on. We need to show our kids that these are gifts given to us and to be good stewards of them. What will happen if I shove my believes into them without patiently teaching the HEART of the issue? They’ll flee from it all.

There are so many things that I am personally learning and I’m seeing how much grace I need in this as well. (Like when I’m just too lazy to rinse out the 12th yogurt container so that it can be recycled).

One thing I want to talk about today is instilling responsibility in my kids and teaching them that they need to take part in helping diligently and cheerfully. If I do everything for them, they will grow up believing that things should come to them on a silver platter. First they learn at home so that they can go out in society and apply it there.

Every morning my children are expected to do two chores laid out for them. We have a chore chart on the refrigerator that changes every season. I’m not saying that this is easy. Goodness there are many mornings that I want to run far far away from teaching this chore thing!

Along with these chores, my kids are learning about healthy living and how we keep our home safe from chemicals. They are able to do just about every task because we use Norwex and I don’t need to worry about toxic junk getting on their hands or being consumed.

 

Using Norwex in my home has effected my kids in ways that I don’t always realize. The other day I was trying to get some supplies together to do a craft with the kids. When I asked them if we had any paper towels, my 5 yr old responded by saying “what on earth is a paper towel??! It sounds like a towel made out of paper and that’s weird”. These simple things can have huge impacts for our world and communities. We can all take part in educating in some way!

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Try-It-Share-It-USSelecting this kit will allow you to try the products, receive a 35% discount like any other consultant, and give you the opportunity to start an at home business if you choose.

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A Story about a Rooster

Back in March, my husband surprised me with 6 baby chicks. He set up a lovely place for them in our garage until they were ready for the great outdoors. We have a fenced in backyard along with some woods and a creek and we talked about trying to raise some hens in hopes that they would help with the Virginia ticks. Maybe they would even clean up some dog poop piles (crossing our fingers big time on that one) and having an egg or two would be a present from heaven. Anyway, the chicks grew up quickly, revealing their genders. Our yard would have 5 hens and 1 rooster! Perfect!

The kids named the chickens and learned the responsibility of taking care of some farmish animals. The rooster was blessed with the name “Gobbles”. It was fun to hear him learn his “gobble crow” as he grew into an adult rooster. Life was good for our backyard chickens.

One evening I heard our doorbell ring and ring from the shower. I ignored it, thinking it was my boys playing with the doorbell.  When it didn’t stop, I answered the door to find a sheriff standing there and a county animal control truck in the driveway. “Do you have chickens?”…”We got a complaint about a rooster”…”You can’t have a rooster here…”.  Goodness, he gave us TWO days to “take care” of our rooster problem.

After some hemming and hawing with my farmer-at-heart husband, we decided to teach our children to appreciate where our food comes from. I watched as Caleb chopped Gobble’s head off and it was emotional. It wasn’t easy but I’m so glad I experienced that. I appreciate where my food comes from more than I did before and I hope my children do as well.

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I think we should be intensional about teaching our kids these lessons. Our food doesn’t magically show up on our plates. Someone somewhere sacrificed to fill our tummies and how beneficial it is to learn where our food is coming from!

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What are some ways that you are teaching your kids about food and where it comes from?

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The Boston Green Fest 2016

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Oh New England! You need more Norwex! Here we are; getting the word out to you guys about how to reduce the chemicals in your home. My mom is here joining me because she also shares the Norwex mission to “Improve the quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in our homes”. This is a family mission of mine and I pray that more people catch this and agree to be on board because we need help.

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Lets get Growing!

As I travel to and fro throughout the state of Virginia with my Norwex leader, I am blown away by how much growth potential we have in Norwex. We are ground floor folks. When sharing these products with people and offering parties to future hostesses, I LOVE that I can stand behind a product that is a NEED. A product that will save people time, cash, and improve their health.

When I started my Norwex journey, I had NO idea what the potential was for this business. I honestly failed to even view it as a business! My mindset soon changed when my engineering income was replaced, providing so much freedom for my family. This business is a gift that so many are looking for and I love training people to achieve their goals! Are you looking for a flexible scheduled job to replace $500, $1000, $6000/month?

America, we have a lot of work to do. You need these products. Friends don’t let friends clean with toxic chemicals!

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What Cloth for What Job?

I often get the question from people “what cloth for what job??” at my parties. Especially when it comes to kitchen cleaning. Norwex offers an array of cloths/products for our homes but this is not to over complicate matters. Once we know what jobs we need to target in our homes we can choose the appropriate cloth. This lovely chart clearly breaks it down for you. My must haves that I use in my home very regularly to clean include the Enviro (think Everything!) cloth, window cloth, dusting mitt, kitchen cloths/towels, bathroom scrub mitt, and the dish cloth (not listed in the chart). 12563_What_Cloth_for_What_Job_US_CDN_Final_LR

With JUST water?!

I was convinced that I could clean with just water alone when I got the Enviro Cloth and Window Cloth (the Basic Package) in my hands. When cleaning surfaces all over my home, I quickly noticed how CLEAN they felt. How the cloths only picked up grime, germs and filth while leaving behind NO residue. I became aware of how my previous cleaners were leaving a film behind…even my green cleaners! and guess what, filth is attracted to film and will come back and stick to your surfaces sooner which means cleaning more often (NO THANKS!).

1a76928a0cb42fba7cb7e3d9088415a6I was convinced that it was possible to clean with just water when I was cleaning in half the time that I was before. Goodness, the Enviro picks up so fast and so much! I’m STILL blown away that I’m only using a cloth and water to clean. Nothing else.

But I wanted to know for sure that these Norwex cloths are picking up germs that my naked eye can’t see. I did the chicken juice test over and over and read up on how microfiber works. I blame the science in me.

What Norwex product convinced YOU it was possible to clean with water alone?

R R & R

I do believe it is my responsibility to teach my kids how to be good stewards of this earth. I cannot help but cringe when I see trash littered all over the place because I am reminded of how some people just don’t care about taking care of our planet for future generations to come. Who wouldn’t want their kids and grandkids to enjoy clean lakes to swim in, clean hiking paths, clean drinking water, healthy air, and more and more.

I grew up in a state that values taking care of the environment so there were strict penalties for littering and pollution causing which is all fine and dandy BUT I think it is MY job as a parent to instill these values into my children. How?

*Model the behavior you want your kids to have by showing your kids how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We show them what is important to us with the choices that we make and the priorities that we have (car we purchase, house we buy, being creative with using things over for another purpose, etc.)

RRR*Talk with them! Talk about why we choose not to put everything in the trash and why we hang a Norwex grocery bag in the kitchen that continually overflows with recyclables. Talk about why we don’t take 20 minute showers. Talk about why we don’t leave our toys around for the dog to chew up (and possibly choke on). You get the picture.

* Involve your kids as much as possible. Plant a garden with them. Clean up dog poop in the yard with them to show the value of keeping things from getting nasty and how we all need to have some dad gum responsibility.

*Celebrate Earth Day or something like it. My kids LOVE any reason to party 🙂 and they remember all the parties that we have no matter the reason. Many times we think of the nasty things happening on the planet (oil spills, plastic in the ocean, extinction of the whales) which is good to be aware of to learn from. But I want my kids to celebrate the beauty of what God created for us to be stewards of.

* Practice being more sustainable. We recently bought 6 backyard chickens to eat the ticks & other bugs without needing to use a chemical to do so. We will use our chickens for some winter dinners and then buy more chicks in the spring.

Being a good stewart is a big and sometimes hard job but the rewards that we reap from what we sow are more than worth it.