Green Thumb Parenting

In my family, I’m the environmentalist.  Which might not being saying too much, since my brother married his wife, who is much more environmentally suave than me, and my family calls her crazy.  (Granted, she a vegetarian, and the family cannot wrap their minds around that lifestyle choice.)  But I try.  It amuses me to this day when I read articles about environmentalist lifestyles and read tips that my grandmother passed down to us. 

So when I came across Growing Up Green by Deirdre Imus, I thought it would be an interesting read and that I would learn a few new tips.  See, I believe everything in moderation.  I love to have a greener lifestyle, but quite frankly, we can’t afford it.  I have learned to pick and choose what I think is the most important things and try not to judge or be to hard on myself.  I always remind myself that hell, grandma and her generation used to break thermometers and play with the mercury.  Though, now that I think about it, that might explain why my grandmothers are slowly going crazy.  Hmmm.

Back to the book.  Imus did have lots of interesting facts, but I found her a little preachy.  Then I read her telling me (and every other reader) to get rid of our microwaves because, not only is microwave food bad (and I think she means the processed junk which I agree with her), but that it is part of the problem of Americans wanting their food to be fast and convenient which paves the way for fast food which is the path to hell.  I love my microwave.  I do.  It allows me to cook frozen vegetables for dinner.  It heats up left-overs.  It takes the chill off frozen meat, saving me an hour of defrost time.  It heats up water for tea and hot chocolate faster and more efficient than the stove.  So I don’t take it too kindly when someone says I should throw it out because it’s unhealthy for my family.  Are there some really horrible microwavable foods that people shouldn’t eat?  Sure.  Are there some really nutritious microwavable foods?  Yes.  After this little segment in the book, I was ready to pitch the whole thing, stupid judgmental b-, telling me what to do, I’ll show her.

Then I stopped myself.  Ok, Ms. Judgy Mcjudgy, what the hell are you doing?  No one is forcing you to read this book.  She’s writing to her choir.  You’re just not in it.  You’re the chick who’s visiting some family and you went along for a lark.

So I cooled off and started to read again. 

Other than her microwave spill, I didn’t like her “because it worked for my child” attitude.  Because of “her green lifestyle,” her child didn’t get sick, wasn’t colicky, and some other perfect child stuff.  I’m going to guess she just had the luck of the draw.

I recommend this book to people who want to raise their children in a green lifestyle.  Though Imus is an all or none kind of gal, which kind of irks me a bit.  The book is loaded with interesting facts and tips.  She did do research to make her points valid.  But as for me, I didn’t find much in it useful as I don’t have the money to follow her tips and I just love meat and fish to much to be vegan.