Category: ’Ecological Responsibility and Love of Nature’

Five Ideas to Encourage the Reluctant Junior Gardener

May 10th, 2011 by Dionna - 21 Comments

Welcome to the May Carnival of Natural Parenting: Growing in the Outdoors This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how they encourage their children to connect with nature and dig…

10 Unique Gardening Activities for Kids

March 13th, 2011 by Dionna - 33 Comments

Encouraging a Love of Dirt Gardening for me is more than just a way to save money by growing vegetables. It is humbling. Miraculous. Exhausting. It is an exercise in delayed gratification. It physically connects me to the Earth. Gardening tests my patience while strengthening my spirit. My husband shakes…

Non-Commercial Gift Giving Ideas

November 30th, 2010 by Dionna - 4 Comments

My husband and I don’t buy a lot of stuff. We haven’t taken any of the official “buy nothing” or “buy only non-commercial” pledges, we just try to buy used, make do, make our own, and shop locally. It can be hard to keep to our shopping guidelines during Christmas….

Ten Ideas for Volunteering with Young Children

November 16th, 2010 by Dionna - 7 Comments

Service to my community and fellow humans is very important to me, but it’s hard to find a good place to take a little one who is too young to do any real “work,” but is too old to just sit in a sling while you do something meaningful. Here…

Why We Chose Cloth Diapers, Part 4

September 1st, 2010 by Dionna - 8 Comments

This is part four in a series in which I discuss why my family uses cloth rather than disposable diapers. In part one I looked at the environmental impact of both diapering systems. I presented research on the health concerns of each system in part two. Part three included information on…

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