Keep Nagging Moms: Your Children are Listening


Nag. Nag. Nag.

There are days when I feel like all I do is nag.

Don’t use a baggie, put it in a container.  Don’t drink a juice box—that’s just for field trips and emergencies (as if running late is really an emergency, but that’s a post for another day!).  You wore than for an hour, don’t put it in the hamper.

Being a green mom definitely requires a certain amount of nagging.  Let’s do some Mom-PR and call it teaching.  Either way, it’s an important part of our job.  But sometimes I wonder how much they truly absorb, and how much just goes in sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher.  Waaak waa waa waaak plastic.  Waaak waa waa waak trees.

Today I got one of those beautiful, golden mothering moments where I caught a glimpse that perhaps they are listening.  Maybe my children will take these environmental messages—and so many others—to heart.  Maybe they will take something from their upbringing and use it to make a difference in the world.

At school today, my daughter was asked to write a poem about a color.  This is what she wrote:

Green is the smell

of fuzzy fresh cut grass

or the color

of Christmas glass.


Green is the life

of plants that God created.

There are so many green shades

not all can be stated.


Green is very important

not small.

Imagine what life would be like

without green.

No life at all.


Even if it’s not always apparent from those muddy shoes left in the middle of the floor, they are listening.  Keep nagging, moms.  Keep nagging.




  1. Lisa brewer says:

    Beautiful poem

  2. Great article, love the poem, she has talent.

  3. AnnaMaria says:

    AWESOME POEM!!!!!!!!!

    I LIKE GREEN TOO! !!!!!!!!!!:-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)

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