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Greener Sex: Birth control, sex toys, & lubricants made better for you & the environment

Tips and resources for healthier and more environmentally responsible birth control, sex toys, and lubricants

There are number of things that can be done to green-up sex itself. From using products such as condoms and lubricants that are healthy on the body, not made of estrogen-releasing plastics, and are gentle on the environment to avoiding birth control that routinely exposes your body and our waterways to persistent doses of estrogen.

No more travel faux pas: How to travel well with a family

Traveling abroad with a family: keeping safe, having fun, and doing it "green"

I have found that traveling and living in the developing world has been one of the greatest gifts of parenting for my family. While it was for the "greater good of my children," that I first decided to pack my little girls up and spend the winter in Guatemala, I quickly realized the most immediate benefits were my own happiness.

Should I take my baby traveling? How to stay healthy and safe while traveling with children, even in poor countries

Dear Green Mama

My partner is travelling to Guatemala for 2 weeks and we are now wondering whether myself and our 8 month old baby could join him on this trip. We would all love to go as a family but are are little unsure of the safety- illness/hygiene wise. Is there any advice you could give us on this?

--Caroline L.

Greening Guatemala: Saving Guatemala's Children One Family at a Time

What happens when two ordinary Canadians decide to make an extraodindary difference? Project Somos Children’s Village: A home. A family. A future.

For the last few years, I have been involved with a very special project: an EcoVillage of sorts for Guatemalan children. My family and I have visited five times: their story and their project have inspired me and hundreds of others to make a difference. Thanks to EcoParent for originally publishing this article.

What America should learn from the United Arab Emirates mandating breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Mandate, Monetize, or just leave-it to Mom?

The United Arab Emirates’ Federal National Council recently passed a clause mandating women breastfeed their babies for two years as part of their new Child Rights Law.  And, of course, the world is going crazy over the news with every North American journalists and women’s organizations rushing to condemn the move (or so it would seem by reading some of the American

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  • School of Thanks: Teaching kids to care in today's world

    I want my kids to know how good they’ve got it. Don’t we all?

    Like most Middle-Class parents in North America, I parent with a lot more: I obsess about their educational experiences, rush off to the doctor at the first sign of a rash, and worry about which summer camp will be the most enriching.

    The Green Mama's Guatemalan Adventures: Traveling with children in the developing world

    I am back in Guatemala with my children for the third time. Thus, I have decided to republish and add to some of the previous blogs on my experiences.

    It all began in the fall of 2011 when I decided to take my young children (then 1 1/2 years and 5 years) and go to Guatemala for almost four months. Sin espouso. And, no, I didn't speak Spanish.

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    Last minute holiday shopping: A green, ethical, and fun guide to last-minute shopping

    The Green Mama gives a few tips for shopping green, ethical, and last-minute

    No worries, I am not one to lecture about leaving shopping to the last minute. I am pretty sure it is the only shopping my family ever does. It seems to be made worse by my family's disdain of typical consumerism. Yet, to handmake all the gifts I so desperately want to bestow on the teachers, friends, family, and many other loved ones I know, I would have needed to start months ago. And, I didn't.

    Alternatives to toxic drycleaning: what and why and how

    The Green Mama speaks with the CBC on the dangers of traditional drycleaning and the benefits of the greener alternatives

    I was interviewed for a show on PERC done by the CBC and I am using this opportunity to finally do a blog about the problems of drycleaning and the healtheir alternatives. Thank you CBC for taking on this interesting issue.

    Fairytales make kids smarter

    I've been doing a lot of research recently on the profound effects that media has on children. I take getting my children into nature, limiting their media, and encouraging play seriously. These parenting techniques are backed by science and are proven to be some of the best ways to raise healthier, and smarter, children. Yet, a person needs to sleep in every so often (except not my children). Or survive long car rides, airplane trips to Gautemala, anyway.... you get the picture...

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