Reusing jars from your own grocery shopping is one of the easiest, cheapest green makeovers you can give your kitchen. This pantry project not only reminds you to look for glass over plastic at the grocery store, it makes great secondary use of products you were going to buy anyway. As the owner of a secondhand shop for kids, and the mom to three budding environmentalists, taking “reused” from stigma to style is a passion of mine.
There’s been a lot of discussion in the media recently about how much independence is appropriate for kids, and at what age. From helicopter parents to free-range parents, and every degree in between, Canadians are grappling with the lack of hard-and-fast guidelines. While I don’t have a magic answer to the question “How much?” or “How soon?” I do want to offer you a new question that might help you arrive at your own answers. I think the real question is “What’s your end goal, as a parent?”
Have you been bitten by the Back to School bug yet? Are you feeling panicked by the barrage of marketing about just how “ready” your kids need to be, this month? Put your wallet away, sit back down, take a deep breath and relax. Make this August the time you take your own advice to “play outside” instead.
Being a Healthy Mom means something a little different to each of us. For lots of modern parents, though, creating a healthy home includes thinking about the environment around us. We may talk with our kids about recycling, bring our own bags to the store, read ingredients more carefully, and be a bit more conscious about what we put in our carts.