According to research and testimonies from mothers all over the world, motherhood really changes people, especially in the sense that they become greener and socially responsible. Mothers would do anything to ensure a healthy and comfortable life for their kids, so they make a lot of green decisions throughout their day. This behavior change is a multiple-win situation because sustainability and social consciousness save money, minimize pollution and raise healthy and good kids.
If you also want to become greener and more responsible, here are a few things you can adopt from other super moms:
Buy organic food
No matter if you’re shopping at the grocery store or farmers market, look for certified organic fruit, veggies, meat and dairy. These products are not only much richer in nutrients and vitamins, but they also don’t contain pesticides, chemicals and hormones. Your kids will thrive on these products and enjoy every meal you prepare, and you’ll leave a great impression on your kids through your support of the local economy and small farms.
Don’t support fast fashion
Your kid might look adorable in that dress in the shop window (and it’s only $15!) but you know how quickly they outgrow everything—buying new is a waste of money, material and resources. The best thing you can do for your kid if you want to be socially and ecologically conscious is to go back to basics and use hand-me-downs and second-hand stores. Most of these older items are more durable and higher in quality anyway, so you’ll be saving money and helping the environment.
Walk whenever possible
Mothers are generally exhausted, so randomly taking a 3-mile walk to the store is not going to cut it. However, what you can do is strap your kids in the strollers or grab their little hands and go to your neighborhood playdate on foot. On the weekends, you can dust off your bikes and have a family cycling event—whatever you can to leave the car at home. This habit will keep everyone fit, full of fresh air, showered in sun and in love with nature (and gas prices are outrageous today, so you’ll be saving money as well).
Do research together
Older kids tend to ask a ton of questions every day, many of them quite complicated, but try to answer them truthfully. And if you don’t have an answer on something, it’s important to tell your kids that you don’t know everything, but you can find out many answers together. This is especially true when discussing eco-friendliness, social and economic issues, sexuality, etc. You can consult Mumli parenting app and ask other moms how they handle these heavy subjects. In most cases, you’ll get a ton of great tips, literature and examples to use for learning and sharing with your curious kids. Progress is never done—it’s an important lesson to teach your kids.
Practice activism at home
Most habits start at home, so if you want to raise socially responsible adults, you need to practice activism at home. For young kids, your primary focus should be their family. This is the first society they know and live in, so teach them how they impact the family, that contributing to family is a good thing that makes everyone happy, that they will contribute to family in the future, etc. Later they will be a part of school, workplace and the world, but if they have a good foundation at home, they will be a valuable, beloved and ethical member of any society.
Every mother should think about their kid’s future and how her actions affect their kid’s development. The best thing you can do is be authentic and intentional when cultivating diversity. When buying children’s books, look for stories with diverse characters—people of color, people of different ethnicities and religions, LGBT people, etc. It’s important for kids to understand racism and injustice, but also to show diverse people having everyday experiences.
Being socially- and eco-friendly takes a village, but make sure to also give kids time to be kids. These big social issues are not just yours to fix, so enjoy your motherhood to the fullest and give yourself a break from all the worry.