raising children green

Awhile back I got an email from a reader that said my site was geared toward just young moms but she had older children and wanted to know what she could do to help them learn about going green. Legitimate question and good observation on Green and Clean Mom, however, I would invite all readers to join the community and find that there are moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and the list goes on of people that are inspiring, motivating and encouraging one another to “go green”!

It does seem harder for me to focus my writing on older children since I have a preschooler and toddler but I should try harder to have a wider range of older children ideas and posts. To help guide parents with older children I wanted to put together a simple list of websites, past posts I have written and some helpful books for parents.

Recently I was sent the book, The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth – what a fabulous compilation of ideas. In all honesty, this book is for anyone because we could all use some ideas! I love that is was written by the original author’s daughter who wasn’t even alive when her father wrote the first book. It’s been on the New York Times best-seller list for nine weeks and I now understand why! Besides the fact that the book is very kid friendly in language it is fun. Full of quizzes, kid friendly resources and websites for exploration and it challenges children.

By a challenge I mean it gives them the push to further explore and find answers for themselves – exactly how children learn best. When a child is in control they’re more likely to learn more and not feel like the adult is making them. The book gives facts but then a solution for the child to feel empowered to do something and make a change. This is a great book for teachers, parents and kids of all ages. I even found I could adapt some of the activities to use with my five year old.

Besides the wonderful book, The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth here are some other resources, solutions and tips:

Kids Gardening – Great for kids of all ages.

Go Green Initiative – Wonderful resource for parents to help their schools and communities go green.

Green Teens USA

Green Teens – A book for teens or parents with great resources.

Teens Turning Green – A site for teens with facts, blog posts, ideas, contests and more.

Great books for green reading that I recommend for gifts, educating yourself on going green and raising children:

Past recommendations on books from EcoBrain.

Books I recommend and have read can be found at my Amazon Associate Page (supporting and buying through this affiliate links keeps Green and Clean Mom in business – or organic milk on the table).

Why not? Great tips for free!

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