Hey folks! With the cold winter months ahead for many of us, staying indoors and curling up with a good book will sound more and more appealing. So, what better time of year to start doing some book reviews on the blog again!
I've probably mentioned before that I much prefer reading fiction over non-fiction. Even a lot of the non-fiction books that appeal to me, I still have a hard time reading since they are meant to be educational more than entertaining. However, there are always exceptions and The No Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting recently piqued my interest.
Normally, besides the whole aversion to non-fiction books in general, I'm especially put off by parenting books. I'm of the opinion that I should trust my instincts more than the opinion of some stranger who may or may not be qualified in “fill in the blank here” field. I am all about trying to be a green parent, though, so I gave this book a shot!
I went into reading The No Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting assuming most of what I was about to read in it were things I already knew, such as alternative, chemical-free laundry detergents, using reusable diapers, making your own baby food, etc. etc. It is so much more than that! Truly. I was impressed. The author includes green ideas for aspects of life that I would never even have thought about “going green” with, such as birthday party décor and favors, as well as activities I just never would have thought to include children with, such as foraging for food out in the woods.
Another great thing about this book is that it includes suggestions spanning the spectrum, from easy to incorporate into everyday life, such as foods and toys you're better off making yourself, to those that might take some more planning or commitment, such as making your backyard wildlife friendly with flowers and critter shelters. And, if you happen to live in the city, the author has graciously included tips for overcoming some of the unique obstacles that presents as well. There really IS something for everyone in this guide!
If you're looking for some ideas on living a greener lifestyle with your kids that you will actually use, look no further than The No Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting by Kate Blincoe!
*Please note that this is written by an author from the United Kingdom. If you are American, you may be doing a lot of “Googling” and cross-referencing. ;)
Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes through Netgalley. No other compensation was received and my opinions may differ from your own.