EVENT New Issue!
Get cosy with the new issue of The Green Parent, packed with festive, wintry ideas. Discover how to have a plastic-free Christmas, give up caffeine, and find recipes for wholefood feasts. Read about the theatre company who encourage children to cut their parents’ hair, how to embrace all things muddy, and how to practice Wicca at home. Discover three steps to a positive birth experience and learn how to use your placenta to help alleviate postnatal depression. Each edition has a sparkly Christmas gift guide to get the festive season wrapped up. And of course, there’s a whole lot more. Find it at good newsagents, or get your copy delivered direct to your door. Subscribe or buy a copy of this issue at thegreenparent.co.uk/buy92
EVENT Oh the Humanity
The Being Human Festival encompasses a country-wide series of events run by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy that explores the way the humanities can inspire, and help us understand ourselves and our relationship with a changing world. This year’s theme is Discoveries and Secrets; spot the fern fairies in a recreation of the Victorian fern craze at Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool, to immerse themselves a theatrical Jacobean banquet in Sheffield, make beats with Moroccan rapper Dizzy DROS in London, uncover the eerie history of the River Tay in Dundee, take part in an archaeological dig on a council estate in Lincoln, or take an ‘anti-walking tour’ around Oxford, to confront the city’s ‘uncomfortable’ histories of race, gender and class. Until November 23. Find a full list of events here and a map here
DO, LEARN On the Cards
The popularity of tarot reading has grown over the last few years – according to this piece millennials are the ‘most secular generation yet’ and seek consolation and a sense of order through the decks. Many parents are choosing to introduce younger children to the cards, seeing them as sources of inspiration, of a way to gain insight into life, and to connect with their intuition. This feature outlines some of the advantages and pitfalls to avoid with families and tarot, while there are tips for reading cards for children here. Find ideas for child-friendly decks here, or download printable versions and a children’s manual here.
We adore Jack Monroe. Her delicious, inventive, frugal recipes see us through the end-of-month scrimp, but are tasty enough for lavish days too! Many of her recipes are vegan, and they’re all costed. Our all-time favourites include her classic Veggie/vegan Lasagne, Salad Bag Pesto and her Peanut Butter and Banana Superpower Muffins. However, our latest obsession is her Orange Salt, made from dried peel, and that we use to add zing to salads, to sprinkle over creamy pasta dishes, or to bring life to marinades.
EVENT Baby Love
This Sunday is world prematurity day, a global event organised by Bliss – the support charity for babies born early or sick – to raise awareness of premature birth and the devastating impact it can have on families. there are a series of Little Lights walks taking place across the country aiming to light up the night for premature and sick babies and their families. Grab a lantern, glow stick or candles and host your own walk, or register for a walk near you! This year, Bliss are focussing on sharing experiences, and asking parents of premature babies to get involved by sharing online something they wish someone had told them when they first arrived on the unit. Find out more here
What we’ve been reading this week:
How To Talk To Your Kids About Climate Change Without Giving Them Anxiety by Catherine Pearson
“Raising enlightened climate activists feels like one of those lofty goals that is easy to lose sight of when you’re deep in diapers and school schedules. What does it actually mean, not just in theory or eloquent essays, but day in, day out?” Read more here