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Green, frugal, sustainable, simple, healthy, happy... No matter what we each call it, we come together here to support and learn from each other.

We are preserving our planet with our lifestyles. We are creating sustainable communities for our children. We are living the lives we want to live. Please join us!

All articles here are written by Melinda Briana Epler (that's me!) unless otherwise noted. I'm a documentary filmmaker, writer, and brand experience designer - I've dedicated my life to living a sustainable lifestyle and helping others do the same. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or thoughts for articles. Welcome!

We’re excited to bring you the travel edition of The Green Parent magazine, perfect for an inspirational read to motivate you this January.

The theme is seed and features include digital detox, the art of rewilding, boosting fertility and organising your home. You’ll get tips on creating a life you love with twelve months of intention setting and find out how to increase health with Ayurveda Inside you'll find an awesome family holiday guide packed with quirky days out and green places to stay.

Green, frugal, sustainable, simple, healthy, happy... No matter what we each call it, we come together here to support and learn from each other.

We are preserving our planet with our lifestyles. We are creating sustainable communities for our children. We are living the lives we want to live. Please join us!

All articles here are written by Melinda Briana Epler (that's me!) unless otherwise noted. I'm a documentary filmmaker, writer, and brand experience designer - I've dedicated my life to living a sustainable lifestyle and helping others do the same. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or thoughts for articles. Welcome!

Green, frugal, sustainable, simple, healthy, happy... No matter what we each call it, we come together here to support and learn from each other.

We are preserving our planet with our lifestyles. We are creating sustainable communities for our children. We are living the lives we want to live. Please join us!

All articles here are written by Melinda Briana Epler (that's me!) unless otherwise noted. I'm a documentary filmmaker, writer, and brand experience designer - I've dedicated my life to living a sustainable lifestyle and helping others do the same. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or thoughts for articles. Welcome!

We’re excited to bring you the travel edition of The Green Parent magazine, perfect for an inspirational read to motivate you this January.

The theme is seed and features include digital detox, the art of rewilding, boosting fertility and organising your home. You’ll get tips on creating a life you love with twelve months of intention setting and find out how to increase health with Ayurveda Inside you'll find an awesome family holiday guide packed with quirky days out and green places to stay.

Before some of you lovely commenters rush to point out the fact that having kids is inherently anti-green, can we please agree to ignore that for now? Most people have kids, including myself, like it or not. While I was not yet as eco-minded while deciding about offspring as I am today, the best I can do at this point is to raise my little people to be environmentally conscious individuals who love and care for the Earth. Here is what I’m doing to be the best ‘green’ parent I can be. I have divided my approach into several broad categories.

A child must love the natural world in order to want to protect it later in life. The most realistic way to promote this love is to spend time outside, which is why my kids have to play in the yard for hours each day, rain or shine or snow storm. There’s nothing fancy about our yard, though it does have nice trees and lots of overgrown gardens. They’ve got a treehouse from which to watch the world go by. They have a bug-catcher container in which to store (temporarily) critters that they find. They have a shovel, a sandbox, and a few designated patches of dirt in which to dig deep holes. Basically, they’re free to do whatever they want out there; they just have to put in the time.

On weekends, when my husband and I are free, we plan fancier outings. We go tenting and canoe-tripping a couple times each summer, or visit grandparents on a lake. We go to the beach on Lake Huron, close to where we live. We go on family bike rides, picnics, and hikes. We’re not an overly outdoorsy family, but we make it a part of everyday life.

 
 
 
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