Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Save the mermaids!

Welcome to the March Carnival of Natural Parenting: Vintage green!

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month we're writing about being green — both how green we were when we were young and how green our kids are today. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Once upon a time, a happy mermaid was swimming in the ocean. But one day the sea was covered with plastic trash and the mermaid got really sick!
My daughter told me that it wasn't cool to make the mermaids sick. We were still living in Los Angeles, having a walk on the not so clean beach. I had never realized the impact it could have on my 4 yo. We started picking up the plastic bottles and put them in the trash container. Kids have their own personality but also spend a lot of time and energy to do like their parents. 35 years ago, I wasn't aware of sick mermaids but I remember my parents saving water and turning the light off when leaving a room. Later on in life I started to recycle my glass, plastic and cardboard consumption. It was common in France and easy to do as recycling containers are very accessible. But we also learn from our children. As we left Los Angeles and moved to New York, my kids taught me that reducing and re-using comes before recycling, so the least trash possible ends up in the ocean and our landfills. Today my 5 year old is doing the best she can to try to make the mermaids happy again...

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  1. We have to notice (and nurture) our kids' motivations for being Earth friendly!
    Thank you for participating in the carnival :)

    ~Dionna @ Code Name: Mama

  2. Thank you Dionna! It is great to be part of the team!

  3. I love the way you tell the story twice - once with pictures and once with words. What a great story about a little one trying to heal and save mermaids. Lovely post.

  4. Of course, how could I forget the mermaids? Kids have such neat perspectives.

  5. I love the way our children point out things we wouldn't have noticed or would brush aside. They have such passion and insight. Thanks for sharing your story, and I love the picture version, too!

  6. Those pictures are so cute!

    My husband thinks I'm crazy when I pick trash up off the ground, but I think the little things count.

  7. Love the pictures! Tell your daughter we're rooting her on in her cause and all the passionate causes she'll have to fight for later. Kids have amazing motivating power.

  8. Ah, from the mouths of babes! That is adorable and I love your pictures! So happy to have found your blog.

  9. A powerful message in your wonderful illustrated fable. Supporting your daughter's mission is so significant. This world can be magical and beautiful if everyone just stopped to consider the mermaids and fairies and the many creatures once revered by people closer to the land. Great post. I am happy to have the chance to get aquainted with you.

  10. That is so sweet! Love the pictures. Our children help keep us on the right path for sure.