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  • World Book Night

    18 Apr 2014 ~ Learning

    Love books and want to share your passion for them? World Book Night, falling annually on 23rd April, is for you. But it’s not just book lovers that the Reading Agency, who organise World Book Night, hope to reach – it’s all those who, for whatever reason, rarely or never pick up a book. The Reading Agency believe that “everything changes when we read”, and they want everybody to have an equal chance to become a reader. On World Book Night, thousands of passionate book-loving volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities. more

  • 10 ways to take action on Earth Day

    17 Apr 2014 ~ Environment, Living

    Launched on 22nd April 1970, Earth Day is an annual global call to arms to save our planet. With a focus on education, the day aims to raise awareness of the problems facing our world and what we can do about them. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, it was a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement. Before that, there was a distinct lack of interest and engagement with the reality of pollution and how it was harming our planet, as massive industry enjoyed the spoils of success. more

  • Guerilla gardening

    16 Apr 2014 ~ Environment, Living

    You walk past the same patch of wasteland every morning. Your kids always comment on it, how empty and barren it looks. Broken supermarket trolleys, carrier bags, scratchy bare earth and rubble can all be glimpsed through a wire fence. Several rows of houses back onto the wasteland and many people see this barren landscape from their windows, not to mention all of the people who walk and drive past it every day. Rumours indicate that the area is to be the site of a new block of flats, or a mini supermarket, but years have gone by and nothing has happened. […] more

  • Giving thanks before a meal

    15 Apr 2014 ~ Food, Parenting

    It’s the moments that we stop that give form to family life. When we pause amongst the hustle and bustle of the every day and witness the wonder around us. Too often we find that we just don’t make time for a pause: there’s so much to be done and so little time to do it in. But as some wise sage once said, ‘the days are long, but the years are short’, and before long you’re wondering where all the time went. Another wise sage – in the form of Ferris Bueller in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – said: ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ And who wants to miss their children growing? When they’ve all left home, it’s the memories of now – these days and weeks – that will make us laugh and cry. […] more

  • 5 Ideas for Family Easter Fun

    14 Apr 2014 ~ Living

    Whether you’re a Christian who celebrates the resurrection of Christ, a Pagan who celebrates the goddess Eostre and her hare, or simply someone who loves nature, there’s plenty to get excited about at this time of year. Kids are off school and a lot of adults get the Easter weekend off so there’s an opportunity for quality family time. All of the symbolism connected with Easter celebrates new life: eggs, baby bunnies, and lambs to name but a few. Hedgerows are bursting with life, birdsong is in the air, the fields and woods are full of young animals and it feels as if anything is possible. […] more

  • 5 things to do this National Gardening Week

    12 Apr 2014 ~ Living

    There’s no doubt about it, the Brits are a nation of garden lovers. We now even have a national week dedicated to our beloved pastime – National Gardening Week http://www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/ – which runs annually from 14th to 20th April. Whether you have acres of land or simply a few flower pots on a windowsill, gardening is accessible to all. This time of year is filled with excitement as little seedlings begin to appear and we start to celebrate the arrival of spring. Some cultures mark this time of year as the beginning of a new year and it is easy to see why. After the dark months of winter, the earth is waking up and life springs anew. […] more

Popular Articles

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    17 Sep 2009 ~ Babies, Parenting

    Extended breastfeeding is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children. Here, one mother shares her story of breastfeeding her toddler and how it helped to heal emotional wounds. more

  • Save our Planet

    25 Mar 2010 ~ Environment, Living

    Eight year old Verona Strauss writes about how we are damaging the planet with our actions and shows us ways in which we can work towards a better future. more

  • Win festival tickets

    21 May 2012 ~ Environment, Living

    To celebrate the launch of our gorgeous jam-packed festival guide we have loads of festival tickets to give away. Take your pick of these brilliant events across the UK this summer. […] more

  • Wear your baby

    14 Jan 2010 ~ Parenting

    In this taster from the February/March issue of The Green Parent magazine, Jessica Richards looks at the history of babywearing and how it is growing in popularity today. […] more

  • A Green Birthday Party

    18 Jan 2009 ~ Learning, Parenting

    Any birthday should be a joyous celebration and your child's birthday must rate amongst the very best days of the year. So why do so many of us find birthday parties stressful? Dawn Francis-Pester debunks some myths. […] more

  • Five gross habits that are healthy!

    9 Jul 2013 ~ Health, Parenting

    They may not be socially acceptable, but science has shown these 5 gross habits to be beneficial to our health. While you might not be encouraging your children to engage in these offputting activities, the evidence suggests that it might just be worth leaving them to it now and then… […] more

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  • WIN Tickets to Starry Skies 17/03/14

    Shambala Festival's lovely little sister event, Starry Skies, is shaping up nicely! Taking place in the Brecon Beacons, Starry Skies is all about providing a beautiful setting and unique activities for children and parents alike to get back to nature! […] More

  • WIN Tickets to 3 Wishes Faery Fest 17/03/14

    Award winning festival 3 Wishes Faery Fest is the UK’s premier family friendly outdoor event. With music, walkabout fairytale performers, camping, free workshops & activities all based around a faery theme! Includes Fairy world Record attempt! […] More

  • Get your hands on the latest edition 16/03/14

    The next issue of The Green Parent magazine will hit the shelves of WH Smiths, newsagents, supermarkets, Boots and health food stores next week. The central theme is growth and there is plenty inside to help you and your family grow this spring! From how to use permaculture principles at home to making desserts from vegetables, from creating an indoor […] More

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