Homeschool: Four weeks in and going strong

Tomorrow the girls and I will begin our 5th week of homeschool.  Not bad considering most of the kids in our area haven't started school yet.  So I thought this was a good time to look back at our first month and give you an update on what's working and what is definitely not! Things we <HEART>: Flexibility. Generally, we start our homeschool days at 8am.  But last week when the girls … [Read more...]

How To Stay Healthy This Summer

Sunbathing, swimming, barbequing and outdoor sports are all part of summertime fun. However, without the right precautions these leisure activities can be major hazards and lead to skin cancer, heat stroke, food poisoning, dehydration and drowning. ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Sharon M. Weinstein, RN, MS, CRNI, FACW, FAAN provides prevention tips to the following summer health … [Read more...]

E.A.T. R.I.G.H.T.

Dr. Margaret Lewin Chief Medical Director of Cinergy Health It is no secret that obesity and a lack of good nutrition plagues many Americans. With more than 66% of Americans obese and more than two-thirds of obese children destined to become obese adults - we must break the cycle, but where do we begin? Try these ideas to help you E.A.T. R.I.G.H.T. E at the rainbow! Not only do foods of … [Read more...]

Painless and Fun Ways to Unwire Your Kids This Summer

This is a guest post from Frequent Television Contributor Terra Wellington who is the author of The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home.   One of summertime's greatest challenges is to get your child interested in something that doesn't have a screen. Recently, a new study by Iowa State University and the National Institute on Media and the Family stated … [Read more...]

Girl Scouts Go Green!

The girl scouts are handing out more than cookies this year, at least in northern California. Thanks to a new program called Cool the Community, more than 1,300 girl scouts in over 100 Bay Area troops will be handing out cookies as well as energy-saving coupons and eco-tips and pledges.   The program is a joint effort between Girl Scouts of Northern California and Cool the Earth, a nonprofit that … [Read more...]

Battle For Terra

If you're in the mood for some 3-D sci-fi adventure this weekend...you are in luck.  Battle For Terra is a new animated film premering this Friday that packs intense battle scenes with an equally intense eco-message of living green and living in harmony with others.  Here's the premise:   The humans have destroyed planet Earth and venture out into space looking for a new planet to call home.  They … [Read more...]

Happy Earth Day!

  Today is the 39th Celebratation of Earth Day and you are personally invited to join in the party!  Here are all the details you need to get involved.   Who: We're celebrating the Earth today thanks to  U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson who founded the event in 1970.  Festivities are open to EVERYONE! What: buy the company men the film online The 39th celebration of Earth Day! When: April … [Read more...]

March Madness: Scrambling to find kid-friendly vegetarian meals

My girls have entered a picky stage of eating which I'm told may well last the remainder of their childhood years. Truth be told, my eldest daughter has never been very adventurous when it comes to meal time. If the adage, "you are what you eat,"  is true, then she is a buttered noodle with Parmesan cheese. My youngest daughter, on the other hand, used to have an open mind when she sat down to … [Read more...]

Disability Awareness: Are We There Yet?

It all starts with our kids. As parents, we know that our kids are little sponges who absorb everything we say and do (especially what we do!) throughout the day. If we want our children to be responsible stewards of the planet, we have to help them love and respect nature in the little things we do each day. In the same sense, our kids learn other important values, like how to treat other … [Read more...]

How To Green Your Kids (Without Nagging!)

As a mom, I spend enough hours of my day “nagging” my kids about one thing or another (“wear a sweater”,” eat your broccoli,” etc.) So I knew that if I didn’t get my girls involved and excited about going green, it would become just one more thing that I had to nag them about (“recycle that can!”) Here’s how I teach my kids to go green: Be A Model: Like most kids, my girls learn more from what … [Read more...]

Homemade Bubble Bath

full kick-ass film high quality Ingredients 1 cup baby shampoo or eco-friendly liquid soap 3/4 cup water 1/2 - 1 tsp. glycerin Essential oils (optional) This bubble bath is so easy to make and use that you will wonder why you ever bought a commercial product. Little kids can help you measure out and combine the ingredients while older children can handle the whole project on their own. Combine 1 … [Read more...]

Get Smart: Get Dirty

Want to raise your child’s science test scores by up to 27% ? Just open the door and head outside. That’s right, a recent study found that children who spend time in nature not only have higher science test scores, they are also better at conflict resolution, have higher self esteem, and are understandably more concerned about protecting the environment than those who don’t. Now, the scientist … [Read more...]

An Interview with Green Parent Laura Seydel

Far from being raised with a silver spoon in her mouth, Laura Seydel, (daughter of CNN founder Ted Turner), was raised with dirt under her fingernails and deeply-rooted love for the environment. Today, this mom of three balances green parenting with ball games, PTA meetings, and her work for the Captain Planet Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that funds eco-projects for schools and … [Read more...]

Nominate Your Favorite Eco-Teacher Today!

Do you know a teacher who makes an outstanding effort to teach kids about going green? If so, the National Environmental Education Foundation wants to hear about it. The organization is currently accepting nominations for this year's Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award which will be awarded to one lucky teacher, along with $5000, at the North American Association for Environmental … [Read more...]

Homemade Organic Play Dough

megamind download movie In my research for The Green Parent: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Earth-Friendly Living, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lori Helman, mom of 4, enterpreneur, homeschool teacher, environmental activist, and founder of Momma’s Baby. While we spoke on the phone, this incredible mom’s four young children were playing silently in the same room with some organic playdough that … [Read more...]