Thursday, February 10, 2011

Saving the Planet through Play

One of my One Small Change Plans for this month is being outside more and enjoying what we work so hard at home to save...our environment.  I think I have done a pretty good job with this.  While my boys sleep, I go for early morning walks almost every morning either with girlfriends or with my mama.  My family and I have been going on lots of mini adventures outside to our backyard, on walks, or the park.

When we go on these fun adventures outside, it usually become a small little learning experience for my son.  We have been talking a lot about Planet Earth and what our planet gives us.  I have been sharing photos with him of the planet, animals, trees, different beautiful sites from around our world and I am amazed on how much he is loving it.  My son is the future and if we want this world to be a better place,  we need to start with our children.  They hold our future and what happens to it.  So the first step, is showing our children how beautiful and amazing this world is and in return they will naturally want to protect what they love.

When we go outside on an adventure, everything we talk about at home starts applying itself.  My son will see the trees and say.."Those big trees help us breath."  Or he will find a earth worm and state..."He is BIG.  He is crawling around all this dirt and helping it."  I get a great big grin on my face and then it opens up to a wonderful conversation about trees or worms or whatever subject he picked all by himself.  This becomes not only a learning experience for my son but also for myself.  I am learning so much about myself and this world just by being a mother.  It is truly amazing.

Here is an organization called, Cool Moms Care,  that helps mothers encourage their kids to change the world around them by helping the environment, other people, and themselves.  They provide tips and ideas for "5 minutes of caring."  Since being a parent is full time, this site gives moms (and dads) tips that are quick and easy to apply to any busy schedule.  I just found this site and can't wait to read more.  It is also a sister site to Cool People Care, that provides more quick tips for everyone (not just parents) on how to make a positive impact in this world.  All you cool people out there, check out these sites!

Here are a few pictures from our park adventure on Tuesday.  They are all taken by my husband, who is the master mind behind the camera and who teaches me everyday on how to be a better photographer.

Happy playing,

"All the woulda-coulda-shouldas layin' in the sun, talkin' 'bout the things they woulda-coulda-shoulda done... But all those woulda-coulda-shouldas all ran away and hid from one little did." -- Shel Silverstein, Author


  1. Beautiful photos!

    I think your right on when you say that seeing how beautiful our world is will make them naturally want to protect it. I've seen firsthand with my own boys (especially my 8 year old). We have taken them hiking and camping and on outdoor adventures since they were very small and it makes a huge difference in how they view the outdoors. Also with growing our garden and being out in our backyard lots too.

    A couple great books for little ones that my boys have enjoyed are 'Let's Take Care Of The Earth' by Rozane Lanczak Williams, 'A Tree Is A Home' by Alden Kelley, and 'Dear Children Of The Earth; A Letter From Home' by Schim Schimmel.

  2. Julie...I am so glad we found each other in the huge world of the internet. It is exciting to read and share the same views and value of other mothers out there.

    Thank you so much for those book recommendations! I can't wait to get to the library and check them out.

    Thank you for continuing to read and I love the comment love!


  3. How I love this post! I am an outdoor/nature lover your husband's photography, and the subject matter with his cute sweater. Thank you for following me so that I could find you...I am going to check out your cool people links. I could really do more to take care of the earth- I do recycle, but I know there is much more to it than that. Can't wait to see what else I can learn from you! Have a happy weekend :)

  4. I love the idea of getting outside once a day! I just heard about a book called "15 Minutes A Day" where a mom and her children challenged themselves to get outside for at least 15 minutes a day for a full year.

  5. I also appreciate your good work, From now onwards i will regularly follow you. Keep up the good work!
    Thanks for sharing.


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