When I was a kid I remember my parents and teachers would say don’t judge a book by its cover. It was a great reminder to not judge something too quickly. That adage still holds up today with my kids, but my wife and I need to take those words of wisdom a bit further. We live in a society where we are bombarded by all kinds of stories and social media posts. Even though we now know that social media is trying to push down a path of thought, we need to be even more vigilant to get all sides of the story. We need to get all the facts before we make our own judgement. The onus is on parents to teach that lesson of getting the whole story to their kids.
How Can You Get The Whole Story?
How can parents compete with social media? It is imperative that parents have a strong line of communication with their kids. As your kids grow up they will get information from other places then just school and home. Teaching them to learn more about a topic than just from a Twitter post or a video on TikTok is a great start. Parents can lead by showing their kids how they research a topic or story to make sure they get all the facts. Going to more than just one source is a tremendous way to learn more about that topic. Getting information from people that are different from you is another way to see things from a different perspective. In addition, talking with people who have experience in that topic will help you find credible information. Even though we live in a society where instant gratification is rewarded, we need our kids to understand another adage. That saying is all good things come to those who wait.
Putting Your Words Into Actions
One example of doing all of the things that I mentioned in the previous paragraph is when my family and I were looking into our town’s recycling program. One day during garbage and recycling pick-up day, I noticed the garbage truck picked up both the garbage and recycling bins. I thought it might have been an accident, but I saw that truck doing the same thing for my neighbors. I wanted to learn more on what our town recycled.
After a few trips to the transfer station, I learned that some containers are not that easily recycled. Plastic containers, like the kind used for liquid laundry detergent, pollutes our oceans and destroys the environment. Some popular laundry detergents contain toxic ingredients that are harmful to our planet and to us. One particular ingredient, 1,4-Dioxane, is considered by the EPA to be a human carcinogen. Upon learning that fact I wanted to look for a greener way to clean my family’s clothes. That is when I found out about Tru Earth.
Taking Care Of Your Clothes And Our Planet
Tru Earth came out with Eco-Strips to replace laundry detergent. Each strip packs ultra-concentrated, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of detergent that you just toss in the wash. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency. The smart formulation finds and dislodges dirt molecules and stains, keeping them in suspension until they are rinsed away. It makes your laundry washing chore easier, healthier, more economical, and much kinder to our planet. Not only are Tru Earth Eco-Strips better for the environment, but they will save you money from other expensive laundry detergents.
If you are looking to make this world a better place, make sure you learn about all sides of the story first. See how you can make a positive change and be an example to your kids. Not only will they follow your lead, but supporting companies like Tru Earth will have a positive impact at home and for our planet. For more on Tru Earth go to their website at www.tru.earth. Use the code ArtofFatherhood for 10% off your order.
Please note: I am working with Tru Earth on a sponsored campaign. I am receiving payment for my work, but my thoughts are my own.
19 thoughts on “Teaching Your Kids To Get The Whole Story ”
Lot of truth right there. If these past few years taught us anything it is to make sure we know as much as we can before we make a judgement.
Thanks Robert. Really appreciate it and I agree with you.
I like how you put your words into action, Art. If kids seeing parents being accountable, they should follow suit.
Thank you Craig. When it comes to our kids we need to lead by example.
Being a daddy, the most positive action I can take for my kids is to lead by example, to be a role model. I am glad I am not the only one who feels that way as witnessed by Arthur in the article. Great job.
Keep up the great work!!! I appreciate you!
Great article. Teaching these lessons to my children is very important. Thank you for the information on the detergent as well.
Thank you. I appreciate you checking out the article.
We just had this discussion with you son. He is on social media and is bombarded with all types of news. We told him that there is a lot misinformation out there. Thanks Art for writing this. I should this to my son to show him that other parents feel the same way.
Hah. Glad I could help!!
We will look into ordering Truearth products. My family feels the same way about finding better ways to take care of our planet.
You and your family will like the Tru Earth detergent strips. They do a great job of getting your clothes clean!
I try to lead by example in my house. If I say one thing and do another thing, my kids won’t keep on listening to me. On the laundry detergent side. I didnt really think about the impact that regular laundry detergent has on this planet. Now I will think twice about the types of products I purchase for our house and the impact it has on our environment.
Glad I was able to have you look at something from a different viewpoint.
Good for you looking into the recycling program in your town. We need to make sure we are holding people accountable.
Thank you Scott.
My daughter who is in high school did a project where she had to research the types of recycling and what products are really able to be recycled. She was surprised to see that not everything that is said to be recycled can be effectively recycled.
Nice work by your daughter. I am guessing there was a lot of things you guys talked about when she finished her project.