Green Mama: What Parents Need to Know to Give Their Children a Healthy Start and a Greener Future

Green Mama: What Parents Need to Know to Give Their Children a Healthy Start and a Greener Future

by Manda Aufochs Gillespie

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459722958
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 873,624
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Manda Aufochs Gillespie is a consultant, writer, environmentalist, and mother. She has worked in the “green” field for more than fifteen years, engaging directly with hundreds of parents through green living classes, consulting for homes and businesses, and through her writing. She lives in Vancouver.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction The Meaning of Green 11

Chapter 1 Greening the Home and Nursery 23

Chapter 2 Greening the Bum 45

Chapter 3 Greening the Boobs 65

Chapter 4 Greening Food 85

Chapter 5 Greening Skincare 105

Chapter 6 Greening Play 125

Conclusion 145

Appendix 1 The ABCs of Some Common Toxins 149

Appendix 2 Common Chemicals Found in Children's Personal Care Products 153

Resources List 157

Further Reading 161

Sources 165

Photo Credits 177

Index 179

What People are Saying About This

Paul Hawken author

“A newborn child is the result and expression of an act of love and within this beautiful book that love never ceases. Green Mama connects Motherhood and Mother Earth with a brilliant array of wisdom, learnings and facts that protect the life of the newborn. Transforming the environment children are raised in transforms Manda’s world of child rearing to a creation, not a chore, a childhood (and parenthood) of happiness, freedom, joy, and intelligence.”

Julia Fillingame

In a time where the world puts more and more focus on interconnectedness, we cannot help but reflect on our own respective fields and see how one affects the other. In my field of education, you start to realize that your student's success is not solely dependent on the ability or amount of effort invested, but also, nutrition, exposure to media, amount of play, etc. It is easy for many to say upon giving advice, even when asked by parents, to hear, “oh, but you aren't a mom.” Or perhaps, “You don't have kids. You can't understand.” The Green Mama provides a mother's consciousness, backed with studies and solutions for the future. Perhaps many readers are intrigued by the mere interest of their own children, but my interest is in the well being of a classroom full of children. I rely on this information and the sharing of these perspectives in order to create a healthier me, a healthier classroom and healthier solutions and advice for parents. Thank you Green Mama, you truly are amazing!

Rick Havlak Homesteader's Emporium

"The Green Mama is an enjoyable read, backed up by serious research, and laid out in a way that makes its contents very actionable. Whether you're prepared for big steps or small steps, Manda offers healthy changes you can make today for yourself, your offspring, and the environment."

Jenn Ballmann

"It's such a great book, I only wish it had been around when I was pregnant with my son."

artist and teacher Julia Fillingame

In a time where the world puts more and more focus on interconnectedness, we cannot help but reflect on our own respective fields and see how one affects the other. In my field of education, you start to realize that your student’s success is not solely dependent on the ability or amount of effort invested, but also, nutrition, exposure to media, amount of play, etc. It is easy for many to say upon giving advice, even when asked by parents, to hear, “oh, but you aren’t a mom.” Or perhaps, “You don’t have kids. You can’t understand.” The Green Mama provides a mother’s consciousness, backed with studies and solutions for the future. Perhaps many readers are intrigued by the mere interest of their own children, but my interest is in the well being of a classroom full of children. I rely on this information and the sharing of these perspectives in order to create a healthier me, a healthier classroom and healthier solutions and advice for parents. Thank you Green Mama , you truly are amazing!

Adria Vasil

Green Mama is guaranteed to inspire even the most reluctant, overwhelmed moms and dads. Manda's hands-on, research-backed advice makes greening your home, food, play and baby bums not only doable, but also affordable and genuinely empowering. I'll definitely be buying copies of this book for all the new parents and parents-to-be in my life!"

Dr. Heidi Lescanec

"I love the #GreenMamaBook - growing greener families and businesses through research-based support."

Nancy Mellon

"This practical guide-book is a very important (and beautiful) read for today's parents."

Carrie Saxifrage

Like gallons of maple sap condensed into one spoonful of sweet syrup, the Green Mama researched deep and wide and then distilled her information down into exactly what new parents need to know to keep their children safe and healthy. And its not what you might think! It is certainly not what advertisers tell us. But its what we all need to know to give the children we love what they deserve, served up with sass.

Paul Hawken

“A newborn child is the result and expression of an act of love and within this beautiful book that love never ceases. Green Mama connects Motherhood and Mother Earth with a brilliant array of wisdom, learnings and facts that protect the life of the newborn. Transforming the environment children are raised in transforms Manda’s world of child rearing to a creation, not a chore, a childhood (and parenthood) of happiness, freedom, joy, and intelligence.”

Rick Havlak

"The Green Mama is an enjoyable read, backed up by serious research, and laid out in a way that makes its contents very actionable. Whether you're prepared for big steps or small steps, Manda offers healthy changes you can make today for yourself, your offspring, and the environment."

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