I know a lot of mother’s who are passionate about raising their children “green.” I am not one of them. Now take a deep breath. You know if you have ever been here, that I consider raising my kids with an awareness of and respect for the world to be one of my most important responsibilities. So, when I say I am not passionate about it, I don’t mean I don’t care. I just mean I have to work at it.
Moms I know who are passionately green seem to have an inherent knowledge of the best foods to eat, products to use, stores to shop in, places to recycle etc. I on the other hand have to research and question and study and STILL I can’t remember whether I am supposed to get organic bananas or apples or if parabens are really going to kill us or if that’s an Internet conspiracy theory. Separating fact from fiction is hard enough, remembering it in my grocery aisles or the makeup counter is near impossible. It is as if my brain has a green-black hole. I just can’t retain all the information I need to make sure I’m always doing it right. And I don’t have the time to continually research the same information. I subscribe to blogs and websites of other green mommies. But, they are sometimes SO green they are way to far ahead of me on the curve and the information they give is not useful to me yet.
I was thrilled when I got to preview the National Geographic Green Guide Families*. Why you ask? Certainly not because the title sounds exciting right? I was thrilled because this book is chock full of everything love. Not only does it tell you fact from fiction-actually giving you the research right there next to the information, but it lays things out in a way you can quickly reference what you need. There are chapters are eating safe, keeping a safe home and even how to raise eco-minded kids. The information not only includes what you “should” do, but it gives tips and tricks for how to do it. The authors know the information is important, but they also recognize the time and energy constraints of moms and make it an easy read with easy tips for implementing the information.
My copy is marked up and dog-eared and well loved. Because I STILL can’t remember everything, at least now I can quickly flip to one place to find it.
*I was given a free copy of The Green Guide Families as a member of the SV Moms Book Club.
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