Honeycomb Kids: Big Picture Parenting for a Changing World and to Change the World!

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Honeycomb Kids is a parenting book for the 21st Century. Including more than 300 practical ideas and activities, it comes with two priceless benefits: not only does it help you prepare your children for an uncertain tomorrow, it also helps you shift to a better family life for today. Reading this book will empower your family to make the most of a world increasingly defined by over-population, rising prices, poor health, fast depleting natural resources and an unstable political, social, environmental and ...

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Overview

Honeycomb Kids is a parenting book for the 21st Century. Including more than 300 practical ideas and activities, it comes with two priceless benefits: not only does it help you prepare your children for an uncertain tomorrow, it also helps you shift to a better family life for today. Reading this book will empower your family to make the most of a world increasingly defined by over-population, rising prices, poor health, fast depleting natural resources and an unstable political, social, environmental and financial landscape. Feeling daunted by these realities? Don't be! This book shows you how to nurture the timeless values and resilience your children will need to become contributors, not just consumers.

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"One world. One humanity. One destiny. It can all start with one family: yours. Honeycomb Kids gives you the ideas and tools you need to parent with the future in mind."-- Tim Flannery, bestselling author of Here on Earth and The Weather Makers

"Anna Campbell's "honeycomb" is a metaphor for a context in which parents can raise resilient, capable, caring kids who can make their way in, and contribute positively to, a world that currently appears to be careening toward environmental and economic ruin. Parents will find both honesty and inspiration."--Richard Heinberg, author of The End of Growth and Peak Everything

"Transition initiatives attract people of all ages, concerned about the world our generations are creating for future generations to live in. We try to live more sustainably ourselves and work at building local community resilience. We recognise that this process of transition will possibly take several generations. Anna Campbell's Honeycomb Kids brings a fresh and very important new perspective to the Transition narrative. Written with skill, humour and heart, this book gives simple, practical and wise guidance for raising children who will undoubtedly be influential in building sustainable, resilient communities wherever they live in the future. Read it yourself, be inspired, and give it as a gift to anyone you know with children - the planet will thank you!"--Peter Driscoll, co-founder, Transition Sydney

"Honeycomb Kids provides an important and timely contribution to the 'collective wisdom' of modern day parents across the globe. It is unique in its approach and scope and full of practical suggestions. This mother's journey is set to be an important catalyst for affecting change, for the betterment of families, communities and humankind."--Lenora Newcombe, President of Hunter Alliance for Childhood Inc.

"In prose that is engaging and easy to read, Anna Campbell spurs us to think hard about the lives we have chosen to lead and the examples we are setting for our children. Full of practical advice on how we can help our children grow into happy, healthy, and resilient individuals, Honeycomb Kids is a must-read."--Kate Hopper, author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers

"Sustainable lifestyles and families lead to real wealth. Use this book to help you start investing now."-- David Wann, author of Simple Prosperity

"We face a pressing challenge of creating resilient communities able to meet the challenges of peak oil, climate change and over consumption. Honeycomb Kids provides an easy-to-read, handy tool for shaping a sustainable, fulfilling future. While it provides practical ideas for how to nurture children who focus on what really matters, it also challenges parents and community members to reconsider how we live. Hopefully it will generate conversations and action at dinner tables, schools, playgroups, places of worship, parties and even boardrooms throughout the country."--Dr. Graeme Stuart, Family Action Centre, The University of Newcastle

"Positive change in the world comes about with the rise of new generations, so this guide for parents helping children grow through both global and personal challenges is both needed and very welcome."--Tim Costello, Chief Executive, World Vision Australia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980747508
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/23/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna M. Campbell has lived in the cities and suburbs of the USA and Australia, as well as on a coral island, in a rainforest and a snow-covered national park. As a sustainable living educator, beekeeper, and public speaker, she now helps thousands of people each year discover the joys of sustainable living. Before moving to a small farm, Campbell worked with organizations as diverse as Yahoo!, P&O Resorts, the National Trust, the Variety Club Children's Charity and an aquarium where she regularly swam with sharks. Campbell's current project is the creation of a native bee sanctuary set within a garden full of plants of importance to humanity. She and her husband are having loads of fun and facing lots of challenges raising their children "honeycomb" style.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Big Issues 15

Population growth 17

Climate change 18

Natural disasters 18

Food shortages 19

Water scarcity 20

Energy supply 21

Peak oil: Oil price & supply vulnerability 21

Peak metals 22

Nuclear incidents 24

Health issues 24

Nutrition 25

Pandemics 26

Toxins 26

Genetic engineering 27

Globalisation 27

Social unrest 28

Terrorism 28

The squeezing of the middle class 29

Communications 29

Everyday hazards 30

Advertising and marketing 30

Instant gratification 31

Part 2 Raising Honeycomb Kids 33

Chapter 1 A sense of community, citizenship and cooperation 37

Chapter 2 Smart thinking 51

Chapter 3 Building hope and resilience 61

Chapter 4 Competition vs connection 71

Chapter 5 Fairness 79

Chapter 6 Healthy life choices 87

Chapter 7 The kitchen garden 95

Chapter 8 Getting dirty 103

Chapter 9 Meaningful work 111

Chapter 10 Home is where the heart is 119

Chapter 11 Money can't buy you love 133

Chapter 12 Nature knows best 145

Chapter 13 Laughter is the best medicine 151

Chapter 14 A sense of perspective 157

Chapter 15 The five R's (reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, redistribute) 163

Chapter 16 Compassionate consumption 171

Chapter 17 Using time wisely 185

Chapter 18 Rome wasn't built in a day 193

Chapter 19 Unconditional love 199

Chapter 20 Home truths 203

Chapter 21 It's all in the delivery 211

Chapter 22 Facing the music 219

Chapter 23 You can do this 227

Chapter 24 Zest for life 233

Afterword 237

Further reading 241

Acknowledgements 245

Index 249

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