"Budding" curiosity

As a mom, it has been such a beautiful, amazing thing watching my son grow. Every stage, from the first time I saw his wrinkly face in the delivery room, to the first time he started doing the army crawl across our floor, to now...when I can barely keep up with my active little guy, has been an incredible adventure. The way life and nature takes its course is so fascinating.

I've always been a fan of watching things grow and flourish. Spring in Indiana is one of my favorite times for that very reason. It's so neat to see our yard shed its winter coat and watch life and brilliant colors pop up before our eyes. I'm hoping that as Brody grows, he will also learn to appreciate and help preserve Mother Nature's beauty. As a way to instill this love at an early age, I decided to use Earth Day as a teaching tool for my curious toddler.

We bought a tree, let him dig in and plant it, and talked about why this one tree is so important. Did you know that one tree, in its average 50-year lifetime, can clean up over $60,000 of air pollution? What an incredible, purposeful life our little tree will lead!

My husband and I are trying to teach Brody that even though he is small, doing small things can make a big difference to keep the earth a greener place. Turning off the water when we brush our teeth, recycling, and using cloth bags (when you can) are just a few easy steps. I'm hoping these good habits stick for my little guy. I plan to get Brody involved in planting veggies and herbs this year, too. My goal is to get him excited about protecting our ecosystem.

I would love to hear how you teach your kids about keeping the world a cleaner and greener place. If you get a minute, drop me a line and give me some fresh ideas. Time for me to wrap this up for this week. This mommy is going to take her kiddo outside to enjoy the beautiful blue sky and sunshine!

About the Author...
Kristina Uelk
Kristina Uelk is the host of MomsEveryday in Michiana.

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