The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting

The People's book prize

Check out my book, The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting published by the lovely, ethical Green Books.

Now shortlisted on The People’s Book Prize awards. Vote here!

The book is all about having fun with your family, while reducing your carbon footprint, discovering nature and enjoying seasonal and foraged food. It also gives you essential advice (but no guilt trips, I promise) on:

  • eco-buying: a practical approach
  • learning and playing
  • being green around the home
  • food and eating
  • growing plants and food with your family
  • green days out, activities, celebrations and parties
  • balancing your green ideals in a busy life

You can order on Amazon now!

Here are some endorsements to whet your appetite…

I wish I had written this book!  It echoes so many of my feelings about modern day parenting. Full of inspired ideas and practical methods to get ‘back to nature’ in the modern world. Anyone wanting to find alternatives to screens and electronics should read this book. Miranda Krestovnikoff, television and radio broadcaster best known for presenting wildlife stories for BBC’s COAST and The One Show. She is a barefoot mother of two and lover of all things natural and wild. 

 This is the ultimate handbook for a fun, green and healthy family. I love this book. It is inspirational and uplifting and will help any family reconnect with nature. A balanced and healthy lifestyle, with free-range, active kids is the secret wonder-product the ad men don’t want you to know about.  It leaves the TV and plastic toys standing. So get out there and try these great ideas. David Bond, director of Project Wild Thing and The Wild Network

 It’s not just a big, bright, colourful manual on how to have fun with all the family, this book carries a vitally important message that connecting kids to nature is critical for the future of our planet. The No Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting is as necessary as it is timely.   Mark Cocker, writer, naturalist and environmental activist as well as the author of many nature books including Birds Britannica and Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet.

 This book contains a wealth of ideas and inspiration for green parenting. Alongside advice on why to choose a more natural approach there are practical ways for you to get started right away at home. What I love is how many projects there are for the whole family. Make your own bath bombs or create a mini meadow in a window box, for example. I love the section on foraging stuffed with seasonal recipes. Kate has created challenges, which appear throughout the book and encourage every member of the family to choose a greener, more meaningful existence. Dive in to this rich resource and have fun going green! Melissa Corkhill, editor of The Green Parent magazine, www.thegreenparent.co.uk.

At last – a good parenting guide which doesn’t make you feel inadequate! Kate Blincoe shows how green parenting is not about hairshirts or home-made muesli but blends convenient modern technology with healthier, greener alternatives. This book is full of realistic tips for being greener around the home and brilliant ideas for wild play, from teddy dens to lawn letters. You’ll see how greener parenting is more fun for your children – and more fun for you. I’m a nature-loving parent still struggling with screens, plastic toys and supermarket food, and Kate’s simple, inspiring ideas and good sense is just what I need. Patrick Barkham, author of Coastlines and The Butterfly Isles, and father of three young children

For most of us parenting is a joy but also a pretty significant challenge! So helping to create the next generation of wildlife lovers in today’s world, and doing it in an eco-friendly way, can seem all but impossible. Not now. This book is packed full of green ideas and great ways to inspire your kids about nature, how to drag them away from the screens and feel great as you watch their eyes light up with the joy of the natural world. Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts

 This is an inspiring and practical book which will be of great interest to every parent who wants their children to have the kind of childhood they deserve. Sir Christopher Woodhead, Sunday Times columnist and former Chief Inspector of Schools

So much in this book that I wish I knew when my children were small.  A fabulous resource for new – and not so new – parents! Sara Parkin, Founder Director, Forum for the Future, where she established a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development. 

 Imaginative and practical, inspiring yet down-to-earth, Kate Blincoe’s lively, easy-to-read book offers busy parents a wealth of simple and insightful ideas to help them provide their children with a nurturing and balanced childhood.  Following her guidance will help parents to bring up their children to be enthusiastically in tune with the natural world and to handle some of the challenges of contemporary technology. Dr. Teresa Belton, founder member of charity Play for Life in the 1980s, and now a visiting fellow at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia, and author of Happier People Healthier Planet.

Kate has a great way of understanding and interpreting nature and the natural world coupled with a true sense of sustainability and a real understanding of motherhood. This is a book packed full of ideas and helpful suggestions – a must for parents and children alike. I love the way it is written; its inspiring to think of traditional and new ways of engaging with daily tasks. This is a true guide to making a difference and adding value to our children and the planet. Richard Powell OBE, lifelong environmental and heritage conservationist, including 24 years with the RSPB.

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