Penny Bauder, mom of two and owner of the popular, earth-friendly craft subscription service Green Kid Crafts shares some tips with us on raising eco-conscious children.
We know that children learn by example, yet sometimes setting a good example can be difficult for parents. But if you start early enough and follow as many of the ten tips given below as you can, you will teach your child to be more eco-conscious. Teaching environmental responsibility from an early age makes it a lot easier for older children to be more earth-friendly.
You can help your child learn to be eco-conscious in the following ways:
1. Unplug your kid and get them outside. People protect what they know from first-hand experience, and so good environmental practices sink in if a child appreciates what they are protecting. This can be as simple as playing in the yard or taking them on a nature walk. Let them enjoy getting dirty. A love of the outdoors and a dirty kid go hand and hand. As a bonus, a love of nature often brings a respite and a safe haven from an increasingly busy world.... read more
Traditional dinner parties aren’t particularly environmentally friendly. If you want to plan and throw a green dinner party for your friends, you’re going to have to put forth some extra effort. You’ll find that your extra effort is worth it, however, when you consider the favor you’ll be doing for the earth. Here are some tips that will help you plan an eco-friendly party to remember:
Mother's Day is just a few weeks away! I wanted to give some green gift ideas to our readers from a fellow eco-minded mom. (Me!) I would also love to hear your suggestions!
For the coffee-drinking mom:
Buy a membership to a coffee CSA through CoffeeCSA.org. Coffee CSA is 100% owned and controlled by the farmers that they feature! Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to get involved with the farms. You can even pay to plant a tree on a small coffee farm as an extra gift! The coffee is organic, fair trade certified, and all proceeds go directly to the farmer! The best part? The coffee will arrive at mom's doorstep via UPS.
The Other Baby BookKeen For Green is excited to be today's stop on The Other Baby Book's Virtual Book Tour! I had the opportunity to interview the authors, Megan McGrory Massaro and Miriam Katz. Learn about their book and their green parenting practices.... read more
How did you first come up with the idea of writing this book?
Megan and I met through an Attachment Parenting moms group in the Boston area. We were using similar practices – elimination communication, baby-led weaning, babywearing, co-sleeping, nursing on demand, etc. Many of our friends and even group members would ask about our parenting tools, which we had both researched extensively. We found ourselves repeatedly wishing that there were one resource where you could learn about all of these baby-centric practices. New moms don’t have tons of time to read, so we felt we’d be doing them a service if we converted our knowledge and passion for the topic into a practical how-to manual.
Welcome to the Keen For Green Earth Day Giveaway 2012!
We're pleased to offer the LITTER FREE LUNCH KIT from New Wave Enviro! It comes with a bamboo rayon lunch sack, Panda reusable water bottle, and stainless steel food container. (All pictured below) It's a $40 value! ... read more
Answer the trivia questions below and email your answers to [email protected]. Participants with the correct answers will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of Annie's prizes! Our first round of pizza trivia was on March 14 and our second round of pizza trivia was on March 19, 2012. You may enter each series once. The game ends on March 25th at midnight and winners will be announced on March 26th. ... read more
Answer the trivia questions below and email your answers to [email protected]. Participants with the correct answers will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of Annie's prizes! We also will have another series of trivia questions on March 19 and March 22, 2012. You may enter each series once. The game ends on March 25th at midnight and winners will be announced on March 26th. ... read more
For most of us, getting dressed is personal. We use clothes to convey a message about ourselves to the outside world and to express, perhaps outlandishly or subtly, our aesthetic sensibilities. As such, the questions we run up against in the closet range from the prosaic (“Do these jeans make my butt look big?”) to the theoretical (“Can I wear this on a job interview?”).... read more