I posted recently a Summer Reading List, of books about all things sustainable, and was contacted by a wonderful lady called Nicola Baird (who I met at the Ecover Message in our Bottle launch) about one of the books that she has written called Homemade Kids.
It really is great, and I wish someone had given me a copy when we were expecting BigSmall.
It would have opened my eyes to more sustainable ways of parenting, beyond simply using re-usable nappies.
The book covers many areas that new parents might welcome some guidance on:
- Giving your home a green makeover
- Gifts and celebrations
- Time with your baby
- Sleeping, baths and no-fee babysitting
- Getting around
- Local life
and even discusses how to deal with that very difficult one of how to approach the subject of buying less, or even second-hand, with the grandparents!
Much of the information is based at new or expecting parents, but lots of it applies across the board (I still need to have ‘that chat’ with my parents about the number of presents they give at birthdays and Christmas).
I especially like the last chapter, about how to get involved, and make a difference in your local community. Something I am very much trying to do at the moment.
So, in the true spirit of the book, I would now like to pass it on to someone else so that they can get the benefit of Nicola’s very wise words as they start on their parenting journey.
If you would like the book, either for yourself, or to give to someone you know who is expecting, then leave a comment, and I will select a recipient in a couple of days.
If you aren’t lucky enough to win, then there is still lots of really great information on Nicola’s website here, and her blog is here.