How many things in your daily routine are ACTUALLY chemical free? What areas do you feel you’re totally lacking in as a parent? We don’t like to talk about these things. We don’t like to even think about them. But sometimes the conversation lines need to be opened.
As much as we’d all like to say we feed our kids 100% organic stuff 24/7 and never let a chemical so much as enter the area our children are in, we all cut corners in one way or another as time goes on (and we get more sleep-deprived). If it’s easy to grab/make, and things are on the chopping block due to simple sanity levels, let’s face it—cheap and easy (not healthy and chemical free) is what’s happening.
But why does all of the “cheap and easy” stuff have to also be bad? We wanted to find out more from other parents what they thought, what corners they cut, and what solutions they found.
So, thanks to WaterWipes, we got together with some friends for a chat. And here’s what we found…
Things we don’t want to talk about as parents
- FOOD — Yeah, we all feed our kids (and duh, ourselves) crap food… A lot more than we’d like to admit. Good stuff is expensive! But mostly, we don’t like the prep it also requires. Make it a priority to spend a few hours a week chopping or doing quick prep work for healthy meals throughout the week. Or come up with an alternate solution to incorporate the things that matter that works for your family.
- HEALTH — First, there’s the big vaccine debate. What side are you on? Does it cause autism (or any other diseases for that matter), or does it not? Do you go with flow of how your parents did things with you, or your friends did things with their kids, or take a complete opposite stance? Hard decisions. Decisions only you can make for your family. Not to mention all the other crazy health-related issues our families may or may not go through, and each of the repercussions that come along with them.
- HYGIENE — How many baths a week do kids TRULY need? How many chemicals are in those baby wipes, and how many things you can actually pronounce? Do you wash hands 24/7 or let a few germs slip, and does this actually strengthen their immune systems or not?
- SCREEN TIME — What parent doesn’t want a few minutes of quiet after a day full of noise? Not this parent. It’s so much easier to flip on (or hand out) a screen and let everyone zone out for a bit than sit down and spend quality time together. That’s just it—we’re zoning out. And we don’t like to admit this, but we’re letting that screen parent our kids when we should be the ones in front of their little faces. I get it, stuff has to get done. But something has to change about the way we do this.
- CLEANING — This is HUGE—what harsh, possibly carcinogenic chemicals are you using to get your house, or even just your clothes, clean? Is it worth it to have to scrub just a little less, or is there a better, less harmful option?
Sometimes we need to get out of “convenience mode” and honestly consider the decisions we’re making on a daily basis. Have the conversations you need to have to find out the real answers—or if you already know them, act on them.
This isn’t easy stuff. But it’s meant to be a starter, a catalyst. Talk about it.
We’re so happy we’ve been given a solution to at least a couple of these issues in WaterWipes. For the first time, we can read all the ingredients on something we’re using with our kids and in our home (and beyond!), and we can trust it isn’t doing crazy things to us. Since WaterWipes are 99.9% purified Irish water (and the remaining 0.1% is grapefruit seed extract), they clean a LOT of stuff, too. They’re not interlock-folded, so they stay sterile in their package—and they don’t have an preservatives, so they can keep for up to 15 months!
Though they’re some of the softest, most durable baby bum wipes you’ll ever find, WaterWipes are also great for wiping up any number of spills (baby puke, knocked over juice cups, peanut butter finger painting, etc). They hold their own so well that we actually prefer them to paper towels or even soap and water for almost anything. And of course they are brilliant for their main purpose, diaper changes, as well.
We gave out some samples of WaterWipes to our friends after our get-together, and followed up recently to see how they had been liking them. Not having a bias toward WaterWipes‘ awesomeness like we do, we were curious to see what their honest opinions were. Not surprisingly (for us, anyway), they all had something great to say about how WaterWipes had made their lives easier, or they actually prefered them for outings or just around the house, and planned to get more.
To me, WaterWipes is further encouragement that doing the better thing for your family is worth it every time. That “better thing” will have a different form for every family, but if we at least open the conversation about it, we can figure out what it looks like for us.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. It isn’t about having the right solution as much as it is about actually TALKING about it. Comment below and start something.