Virtual Kidstuff: A Look At Some Websites for Mom & Dad
If you’re reading this, you know that there are a lot of things to watch out for when it comes to protecting our kids’ health. Too many, if you ask us. But what you may not know is that there are an ever-growing number of resources and organizations standing by to help us keep our children safe and raise ‘em right. Here’s a quick look at some I’ve encountered in my recent travels…
The Holistic Moms Network is, as its name implies, a networking organizations whose many local chapters connect mothers to each other so they can exchange information and ideas, and hold monthly get-togethers. Once you’re a member, you can start your own chapter, find an existing one nearby, and join online discussions about healthy natural parenting.
The Green Parent is a United Kingdom website and magazine, but hey… they’ve got the same issues over there as we have over here. Check out the website for archived articles from the magazine and forums where all kinds of things get discussed.
Healthy Parenting has had a recent facelift and (we know the feeling) is slowly getting its old content up on its new site. It’s not the clearest thing to navigate, but there are a lot of useful resources and information buried here. (Look under “Topics” in the upper left-hand part of the home page to get started.)
Nature Moms Blog is “a guide to natural family life.” Unlike all too many of the blogs we see, this one actually features daily posts that keep the information and resources on healthy products, safer living, and ecologically sane lifestyles coming.
The EcoMom Alliance is a community organizing group. Once you’re an EcoMom you can plan and hold local EcoMom parties, join an EcoMom circle, take advantage of their resources, and spread the gospel of green. Think Tupperware but with environmental activism on the dining room table instead of plastic containers.
Eco Child’s Play is another well-tended blog full of a mish mash of news, product reviews, recipes, green living tips and other related nuggets that you don’t find everywhere. It’s the kind of resource worth a bookmarked daily check just to see what’s on the radar.
Real Mama’s mission is to spread the word to mothers and their families about how to live as if the Earth really mattered. (And last time we checked, it still did…). Mostly this means a nicely informative quarterly newsletter. But the website also has a good resources page and a page of Congressional updates that covers pending legislation we should all support.
The Green Baby Guide is a baby-centric blog that’s focused on the care and feeding of the littlest and most vulnerable ones in our lives. Based on the content I’ve perused, this blog is a little more philosophically oriented, which is refreshing in a world of so called “mommy blogs” centered more on product reviews and green living advice. As much as we love straight information, the value of sharing perspectives and realizing that we’re all in the same boat can’t be understated.
Finally, a few weeks ago I was doing some research for an unrelated piece and happened to google “green children.” This wasn’t what I had in mind…