Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gotta love Mamapedia!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Green Books for Your Kids

Are you looking for books to teach your children more about how to help the environment? These books below for children ages four through eight and eight through twelve are a good place to start. These books are meant to provide a starting point for discussion with your children. Please be sure to read these books with your children as they will have questions and perhaps concerns about the world in which we live. You know your child best, and so if you feel that one of these books may contain too much detail and not enough positive solutions, then choose another book that would better fit your child. The aim is to empower your child to action with positive ideas, creative solutions and fun and simple activities.

Books for Children Ages 4-8

This book adds some humor via the comments from the students which helps kids to relate to and engage more with the characters of the book. A classroom of students is seen learning together. An understanding of how to better recycle is gained by the end of this book.

This very cute little monster will thoroughly engage your children into learning how they can help the environment.

Includes tips for parents and activities for kids - very well done for this age group.

Books for Children Ages 8-12

A simply fabulous book!

Very interesting, and advanced - glance through it first to see if your child will be able to grasp all of the information.

Great kid-friendly projects and activities and quizzes to test their knowledge as well.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The new color this Halloween is GREEN!

These are the times that I love the age of the internet!

Check out this fabulous website chock full of info about having a green Halloween!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Foundation to Create Your Own Team of Little Green Queens and Kings

Children are born curious. Each child shows her own interests and passions early on. Did your baby gaze up at a musical mobil above her crib and today plays an instrument? Did your toddler kick her legs wildly and today lives for her dance class? Did your infant spend time crawling through the grass and today identifies more than one hundred types of trees?

These interests and passions are so important for us to honor, nurture and encourage. From a child’s natural curiosity develops creativity, self-expression, identity, and confidence. To embrace a child’s individual talents is to be a green parent.

A green parent looks to raise confident, self-assured, and powerfully positive children by doing the following:

1. Allowing their child time to discover, play, and explore the world around her. A ride in the stroller followed by a picnic in the
park set with the scene of a loving parent, fresh air, trees and sky can do wonders for a child’s sense of safety and curiosity
for the world.

2. Praising their child in specific and understandable ways. When your child shows interest in music by taking piano lessons,
praising her about her effort, dedication, and interest is just as important as praising her for the beautiful sounds she makes.

3. Providing unconditional love. Even though you have set the stage for a safe foundation to explore and with specific praise to
instill self-confidence, your child will encounter challenges. Rather than mistakes, these can be reframed as learning
opportunities. If seen in this way, it is possible to provide your child with constructive feedback that won’t stunt her desire to
continue to explore, grow and try new things. Do you remember how you bounced back up from a fall easier as a child when
your parent was there to hold out her hand and help you to learn how to not fall again in the future? Often we forget to hold
out our hand to our children when they “fall” at different points during their growth, to get them back on solid ground and
then tell them what they need to learn to avoid falling again. Soon, your child will learn how to support herself with
unconditional love all on her own - now that is a gift.

You may wonder, “what does this have to do with green parenting?” The green parent looks at getting back to the roots of parenting. The green parent looks to raise children who are compassionate toward people, and toward the earth. The above steps will help to raise your child as a confident, loving and positive force in the lives of people and in nature. These steps lay the foundation to help to raise a little green queen or king who is able to use their positive power to help to strengthen others and the earth.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Giveaway Monday!

Giveaway Monday! It is a glorious day to spread some green cheer! The first 3 to comment on this blog will receive a free Green Quest app (currently available on the iPhone and iPad)!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Seeing Green

I have heard for so many years that I should share my photos with others. I have decided to open up my view of the world, as seen through my literal and figurative lens, with people who find a connection to that view. My first photo is for sale on etsy, and I will only put up one photo at a time, and will only sell one of a photo because I really do feel that the person who finds that particular photo resonates with them is the one who is fated to enjoy it.

All of these photos are of course of natural landscapes from the hundreds of beautiful places I have been blessed to experience thus far. Enjoy!

Please note that this Be The Green Queen blog is dedicated to the furthering of green parenting, and in order to keep that focus from now on, I will be blogging about my own personal green journey and exploration of horticultural therapy on the blog titled Seeing Green at