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Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet Paperback – March 13, 2010
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You can catch her musings at http://traceybianchi.com
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Tracey admits she owns a station wagon and only bikes for fun, her kids love fruit snacks with high fructose corn syrup and she highlights her hair. She is admittedly an average girl trying to make a difference in God's green earth.
It made me think, when Tracey stated that we are stealing from our children, and their children, when we drive gas-guzzling SUV's, and by taking more than our share of resources. I found myself highlighting ideas throughout the book; such as, on a hot summer day use a clean squirtable ketchup bottle to cool off with.
Tracey very eloquently reminds the reader that God created the world and would have us learn how to care for it. In order to help the reader become more eco-friendly Tracey has added what she calls "Green Steps" at the end of each chapter. These "Green Steps" are tips and ideas for your family to try. It's a way to decide what will work and what may not work for your family. I appreciate her honesty of what worked for her and what didn't.
Going green may seem like a difficult task, but as Tracey says, "Once you sniff out the scams and lock your loyalty into a few solid companies the green road is wide open, and getting what you need becomes easier.Read more ›
Tracey Bianchi has written this book for busy moms who want to make wise choices for her family - and makes simple suggestions for going green. Simple things, like reusing scrap paper for your to-do-lists or recycling your cans and bottles. But there are also more complex suggestions if you are already doing the simple stuff.
Ms. Bianchi includes creative tips and spiritual inspiration to help you make wiser environmental choices in the community, office, or at home.
GREEN MAMA is filled with suggestions, most of which are common sense ones. But they are shared with real life stories, such as the time Ms. Bianchi went hiking with a real eco-friendly man as their guide, or stories about her children discussing why trees are important. And Ms. Bianchi recognizes that not everyone will be able to follow all the advice. Such as, I live in a rural area with no public transportation and am twenty miles from the nearest grocery store. I won't be riding the bus or biking any time soon. But the tips are there in case you are in a situation where you might be able to use it.
I already incorporate most of the ideas into our lifestyle, and with homeschooling, that might make it a bit easier, since the children are raised with it day in and day out. But still, even if you don't do anything right now, there are things to try, and simple suggestions included in each chapter, as well as questions to answer at the end, with plenty of room to answer them.Read more ›
Each chapter is devoted to how you can help "go green" as a parent with children creating chaos in your home. Yes it is possible to be environmentally friendly and raise kids.
At the end of each chapter are resources and tips in how you can practically go green. Bianchi calls these Green Steps.
I must confess that I tended to skip past what she wrote in order to read the steps at the end of each chapter.
You'll learn how to start small by taking baby steps toward your new greeness, and how to select certain types of material used in clothing. Ever heard of stainless steel sippy cups?
I think the biggest obstacle for a parent to go green is the labor that it would take to make these changes. It's just so much easier to purchase stuff from Wal Mart or Sams.
I loved the resources that this book packs. If nothing else, it's a good place to start and begin doing your own research in what you can do.
This book was provided for review by Zondervan Publishing
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received yesterday--goes along with my thinking as I have strong feelings about how we can best take care of our surroundings.wamPublished on August 18, 2013 by mary alice wicker
At BlogHer '12, Zondervan gave me a copy of Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet to read and review. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by B. Jones
It's easy to WANT to "go green" but sometimes life gets in the way and we feel we are too busy or feel like it's "all or nothing". Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Heather M
This book is a great read! The author is humorous, down to earth and willing to share the best and worse of parenting moments. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Sarah Harrison
Really love this book! It's very practical and doesn't make you feel too guilty for not being able to do all things green - great ideas to incorporate into your everyday life! Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by FlyingBelle
In wonderful, readable prose, Tracey Bianchi articulates everyday dilemmas and global concerns. Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet is... Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Karen Halvorsen Schreck
Green Mama is thoughtful, funny, honest and insightful. Not only will this book educate you about the green conversation, it will inspire you to make doable, sustainable changes... Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by Suanne
"Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet" is a helpful handbook for committed parents who want to work realistically towards an eco-friendly... Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
LOVED this book. It was written from a Christian perspective though anyone can get great information from it. It did not make me feel guilty for not being as green as I would like. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Amazon Customer