For me, New Years Day is a time to think about how my life has changed and what my priorities and goals have become. Then I try to work toward changing how I do things so that I meet my goals. In other words, I try to live life as simply as possible and not waste time on things that really don’t matter to me. This list of ways to be a green parent looks somewhat different than it would have when I first started all of this ten years ago. I think it is more manageable, less product focused, and more affordable.
What do you do when your parents, in-laws, siblings or even your spouse doesn’t agree with your green parenting choices? I know I’m not the only one dealing with this issue. Whether it’s a grandparent who sneaks your kids to McDonald’s or a sister who insists on buying your children plastic toys from the dollar bin, it’s hard to say no.
I already talked about my green changes in 2010 but now I need to address what changes I would like to make in 2011. My first list was actually much longer than this one but I decided to cut it down and make it more manageable (and more likely to get done). As you can see, being green is a process. Even I (a self-proclaimed green mom) have a long way to go and an endless list of green changes that I can make.
What is green parenting, and how do I do it? Those were my first questions when I became pregnant and started thinking more about raising a healthy child. And I came to discover that they aren’t easy questions to answer. There are literally thousands of books, blogs and websites that deal with green parenting. So I am going to try to break it down for you.
I am by no means perfect when it comes to being a green mommy. My most valued luxury is taking long baths, and I do occasionally indulge in processed foods. When I first heard about the idea of living a natural lifestyle, I immediately thought it would be too expensive and too difficult. It wasn’t until I became pregnant that I gave the whole movement any serious thought.