“Ummm…whaT (emphasis on the “T”) do you think you’re doing?” My pint-sized son stands before me, hands on hips with full-on attitude (or “chude” as we call it in our house), furrowed brow and look of utter indignation. I follow his annoyed gaze to the side of our pool where the hose (that had been filling the pool moments earlier) was resting on the lawn, soaking the grass beneath it, having accidentally fallen to the ground. “Don’t you people know about water?? You can’t waste it like thaT (a second hard “T” for good measure) sheeeeeeesh!!”
WOW! A Kindergartener just gave me the “what-for” about the importance of water conservation. IMPRESSIVE! This friendly little chat reminded me of a similar one I once had with my daughter who was horrified to learn that I intended to water the lawn. She, much older and wiser at a whopping 8 years old, shared a cautionary tale of how water is a “limited resource” and that “a pretty lawn is not worth the cost to the environment” (no joke – this happened). Hand me a backpack, I’m gettin’ schooled up in here!
Sharing these stories makes me realize something – our kids get it! Clearly the educators in our schools are doing an excellent job in helping our little ones understand the importance of water conservation and other environmental issues. Really, this makes our job as parents kinda easy…all we have to do is walk the talk – role model good global citizenship and let them see and help us practise conservation.
Here are some ideas to get you started on your way to being a good water conservation role model:
• Reinforce what our kids already know and make it fun to learn more about water conservation.
• Live a lifestyle of responsible water consumption – your kids will learn to live that way too!
• Find tips on how to reduce your water use, inside and outside your home, at www.halton.ca/waterconservation.
• Become familiar with and follow Halton Region’s numeric, colour-coded outdoor water use restriction system.
Got more great tips on how to be a water conservation role model? Do tell! We wanna hear them!
There are many ways you can talk to one of us directly:
- Leave us a comment below – we’d love your feedback
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- Call the HaltonParents line for parenting information or to speak directly to a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.
About this blogger:
Paula D’Orazio RN is a public health nurse with the Early Years Health Program. Wanna know more about her? Read her blogs! She’ll tell ya! (She kinda likes to talk.)