We do our best to conserve water around here. Partly because we know it’s the right thing to do for the earth…and partly because it saves money on our water bill.
We’ve taught the boys to turn off the water while they’re brushing their teeth. We always have a full load of dishes in the dishwasher when we run it (crammed full…I might add). When I wash pots and pans by hand, I only put a little water with soap in the sink…really it doesn’t take very much.
However…showers around here have been a problem.
Three out of four boys can take a shower on their own now. (hoo-rah!) We usually say something like, “Okay guys go get your showers real quick!”
Do you know what telling our boys to so something “real quick” looks like? It looks like…it’s kinda like…well…it’s slow.
There are distractions and fun things and “I can’t find any clean socks in my drawer” all along the way to take a shower. Then, once one of them is in the soothing warm water…all thoughts of doing anything “real quick” that were remaining go…down the drain.
It can take them sometimes three or four times as long as it takes me and it is my personal opinion that the mama’s shower should be the one that logistically takes the longest.
Is it just my boys? Do little girls do this too?
We finally made the “taking of the shower” routine into a race against the clock. ANYTHING that is timed or “competitive” usually works for our kids.
They now set a watch timer right before they hop into the shower and then see if they have “broken their shortest shower record” as soon as they hop out.
This little plan is working so well for us…and I’m pretty sure the boys are still getting clean.
Have you found any tricks to help your family learn to save water?
My boys We would all love to hear about it.
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