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Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
What to do when your family isn’t together over the holidays [I recently contributed a tip to Military Travel Mama on budgeting tips for families and I asked her to contribute something about what it’s like to create a family when often there are thousands of miles and many, many weeks between visits. While my...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
'Tis the season.  The lights of Hanukkah will soon fade into the past and the lights of Christmas are on the horizon. Parents everywhere are thinking about gifts. It is one of the questions I am most asked: "How do I green celebrations?" The winter holidays are a test for most of us: wanting to please our children, wanting to have more money, wanting less stuff, wanting to please our relatives. »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
If there is anything universal about faith these days, it’s that everybody seems unsure what to do about Christmas.   Even many Christian families struggle with this question, watching the entire holiday being pulled towards excessive consumerism with its associated spending and waste. In my family, my husband and I represent four very different religious...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
 Mama to Mama: Holiday Traditions Feliz Navidad! I have two young boys. Christmas is, understandably, their favorite holiday. (Thanksgiving is mine.) And as we are Hispanic, our family traditions are Spanish in origin. On the 1st of December, I place the Nativity crèche “stable” out. Every Sunday, we add a few animals, palm trees and angels....Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
Meaningful, Ethical, Green & (Not-too-late) Gift Ideas for the  Kids and Mamas in your Life Want presents this holiday that are less about stuff, yet still allow you to enjoy the act of giving and receiving? Of course you do. Here’s a look of what some of our TheGreenMama.com team are doing! (And, yes, this...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
Greening your Christmas Tree If you want to go even greener with your Christmas Tree purchase, there are a variety of other options available to you. 1. Buy  a live, potted tree. My family has done this for years. Most pine trees can live for many years in a pot or you can replant the...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
Six tips for getting more meaning (& less stuff) into your winter holiday whether you celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, Solstice, or something (or nothing) else 1. Have a conversation with your partner and older children about the traditions and values that resonate most and that you want to celebrate and strengthen. Similarly, discuss what you don’t...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
How to create more magic in your holidays, regardless of what you believe You don’t have to believe in magic yourself to create magic. But, if you would like to know WHY it is so important that children believe in magic, I encourage you to read the Green Mama article on it. In the article...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 12, 2019 ...by
I fell in love with Vancouver’s newest Christmas Tree Rental company because they are so much more than even that (which is a pretty cool thing in and of itself). So, just how green can your Christmas Tree be? I did an interview with Carbon Sync‘s founder Brad Major to find out. 1. How did...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 7, 2019 ...by
Can Learning Challenges Be Gifts in Disguise It was a great surprise when I realized my clearly bright, gifted daughter struggled with reading, writing, counting… really, with words and symbols of all sorts. In some ways, I continue to be shocked by it though we are years past her official diagnosis and our family’s embracement...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 15, 2017 ...by
The Green Mama gives a few tips for shopping green, ethical, and last-minuteNo worries, I am not one to lecture about leaving shopping to the last minute. I am pretty sure it is the only shopping my family ever does. It seems to be made worse by my family's disdain of typical consumerism. Yet, to handmake all the gifts I so desperately want to bestow on the teachers, friends, family, and many other loved ones I know, I would have needed to start months ago. And, I didn't. »Read More
Posted: December 11, 2017 ...by
The importance of teaching your children how to believe in magic “Magic is important for kids,” says Dr. Faith Cohen, licensed psychologist. It’s not what you expect to hear from a child clinical psychologist with a specialty in trauma. She sees some dark stuff: sexual abuse, rape, and all kinds of addiction. Yet, she says,...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2017 ...by
Brain Development and Technology [EDITORS NOTE: I have gone to great lengths (Waldorf school, third world living, remote island, no TV, no ipads) to create a culture for my children that isn’t dictated by technology. Why? Because the science is very clear on the damage it does to a child’s brains. And because I wanted...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 27, 2017 ...by
The internet is an all powerful resource when it comes to pinterest-worthy pies and genius make ahead work lunches. Food blogs are amazing and abundant! But sometimes if feels good to reach into your own private library and cook a favourite from a stained and tattered cook book. Especially when you live on a remote...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 25, 2016 ...by
A beautiful verse for children: nondenominational, pagan, or Christian bedtime prayer …   A Child’s Bedtime Blessing Mother Goddess, tuck me in Father God, watch over me Please protect my kith and kin And all I love, so may it be. Rock me to sleep, O Lord and Lady And fill my dreams with love...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 2, 2016 ...by
Check out our favourite albums, artists, or songs that appeal to the whole family. From swear-word free classic rock hits, to “Kids music” that is actually awesome, read on to find out the tunes that are setting the tone in these Green Mama homes. “Since my partner and I play in a band together and tour with our 2.5...Read More »Read More