Continuing with the water conservation theme, I'm implementing another of Vanessa's changes. I'm switching the children from baths to showers.
With summer here, the kids get filthy from playing outside - in the sandbox, on the climber, running around. I need to bathe them every night. Of course, no one wants to reuse the bath water, so it's fill and drain, fill and drain, fill and drain.
A few times in June, I plunked them in the shower to save time - it was a school night, we came in late and they needed to get clean. But lately, it's just been easier. Turn on the shower, put them in it, wash and dry. No more fights about who gets which bath toys, whose water was hotter or colder, or who got more water in the tub. No "accidental" dumping of the shampoo bottle to make a bubble bath.
There was some resistance at first, but having done this for about a week, the kids seem to accept this as the new order of things. So I'm going to keep it - and hope my youngest learns to shower herself soon.
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
No more baths for the kids (Day 15)
Posted by Eco Mama at 10:07 PM
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Showers for kids are great...they tend to not want to stay in there forever playing!ReplyDelete
That's true, now that I've learned not to offer the toys to them anymore! :)ReplyDelete