Falling Short of Green Aspirations: An Eco-Reflection

It’s New Year’s Eve.  My living room is strewn with child-related debris, my husband is feverish in bed, and my offspring are tucked in—leaving me to evaluate my green parenting progress this year.

In truth, I dread this reflection.  Although 2010 was a year where I finally had more time at home, it didn’t always feel productive.  In fact, never have I had so much time and so few accomplishments.  After all, in previous years I was trying to balance parenting with teaching middle school, writing our book, and blogging.

To make myself feel a bit better, I have to remember that getting the laundry done, wiping child-flung yogurt off the wood floors, and keeping food in the fridge are actually achievements.  Being at home this last six months has been an absolute delight, and the toughest job I’ve ever had (And my former job was teaching 30+ adolescents!).

Happy New Year from The Green Baby Guide!

green resolutions for 2010We hope your 2010 is filled with rich experiences and quality time with family and friends.  (Notice neither of those things hurt the environment or cost a penny!)  Whether you opt to start your own garden, cloth diaper your newborn, or switch from paper towels to rags, may you relish the green adventures in store for you this year.  If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our post on The Green Year, a great handbook for a daily dose of conservation wisdom.

I won’t officially call them resolutions, but my eco-hopes for the year include expanding our raised beds, strapping both children into the bike trailer for errands, and spending more time in the great outdoors.  Picking, freezing, and canning local produce (including our own) is my fantasy but we’ll see how it goes with two small children in tow.   Wouldn’t it be incredible to be able to put away enough fresh food to sustain us through next winter?  Sigh…