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Sometimes it can be tough being a mom. And it can be even tougher to find ways to live a "green" lifestyle. But a new group of moms in the Ozarks is sharing tricks of the trade on how to incorporate the two. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.
Springfield resident Beth Bowles isn't just any mom: she's a "green" mom...raising a "green" kid. But what does that mean, exactly?
"When she runs a lot of water, we say we have to save water for the fish," says Bowles.
Bowles and her husband say they are trying to instill an appreciation of nature in their four-year-old daughter, Grace, so that she'll be responsible regarding the environment when she's older.
They've come to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center to learn about the earth and its inhabitants.
"The important thing is, just introduce them to nature so they're more inclined to protect it," she says.
Bowles started an informal group called Ozark Green Moms, which is an online Yahoo! Group for parents who want their children to grow up valuing and taking care of the earth.
"We just communicate online and give each other tips: on how to do green cleaning and where the recycling center is," she says.
Ozark Green Moms currently has about 40 members. It is part of a growing trend of parents including environmental responsibility in their parenting.
Some parents have taken to assigning home recycling responsibilities to the kids. Others have created a discovery trail, a butterfly garden, or a weather station in the backyard.
For four-year-old Grace, it's just fun exploring and learning right now. But her mom hopes as she gets older, it will lead to a lifestyle that is healthy for both her daughter, and the planet she lives on.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.
For more information, or to join Ozark Green Moms online group, you can go to Yahoo groups and type in ozarkgreenmoms, all one word.