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Posted: February 14, 2018 ...by
The fog lays over our little island like a child tucked in the bed for night. It’s as if we are all being called to say our prayers and retire the day’s events. There is nothing surrounding us… there are no little rock islands to which to paddle, neighbours to greet, or mountains to reach....Read More »Read More
Posted: January 15, 2018 ...by
One of my earliest memories—I must have been about nine—was of riding on the gondola at the state fair with my little brother. We had been allowed, after much begging, to leave our mother and baby sister and ride across the fairgrounds by ourselves. We held hands and swung our legs and thrilled at the...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 14, 2017 ...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 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: January 13, 2017 ...by
I’ve been stuck at home for a week. My car, even with snow chains on, can’t make it up our two kilometer, hilly, and now icy road It’s January and a time of new beginnings. As if I didn’t have enough new beginning: leaving the city and moving to a very rural island with my...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 21, 2016 ...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 12, 2016 ...by
Life on an island I’m a city girl. I have spent most of my life living in cities. Some of my favourite places in the world are cities. Give me a day in Chicago, Istanbul, London, Edinburg, Delhi, Montreal… these places are alive, diverse, and full of culture and interesting cuisine. So, I was as...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 12, 2016 ...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, 2016 ...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 29, 2016 ...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: November 7, 2016 ...by
A beautiful, Waldorf-home, natured-inspired blessing/verse for children in the month of November….   Child’s Prayer for November Leaves are twirling everywhere – shaken by the autumn wind, spinning through the air. Thank you for time to play and time to work, time to think and time to dream. This verse is by Juliet Harmer author...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 12, 2016 ...by
I love Halloween. Not the candy party, but the dressing up and knocking on your neighbour’s doors part. Halloween is likely just as ancient and pagan as it seems, with many experts placing its origins in the Celtic tradition of Samhain: a festival that celebrated the end of the Harvest and the coming of Winter...Read More »Read More
Posted: September 12, 2016 ...by
“I love to play games with my children, near my children, and at night after my children go to bed. To learn about my favourite board games for families with children from 0 to 100, read my review where I keep updating with new and old favourites: https://thegreenmama.com/ratings/best-board-games-for-families/ A few of our current favourites include:...Read More »Read More
Posted: August 1, 2016 ...by
Mother Talks Back to the Monster Tonight, I dressed my son in astronaut pajamas, kissed his forehead and tucked him in. I turned on his night-light and looked for you in the closet and under the bed. I told him you were nowhere to be found, but I could smell your breath, your musty fur....Read More »Read More