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A Note to Green Moms

Welcome to the May 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Moms.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they take time to care for themselves. Stop by all of the posts to get green ideas on how you can take better care of yourself .

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Dear Fellow Mom,

Living in today’s society has become primarily a contest. As a mom it can sometimes seem hard to meet all the expectations of not only your children but your partner, your friends, and society as a whole. There’s a lot of pressure to be perfect. I’m here to tell you that there is no such thing.

Being green is definitely the trend. Some cling to it, some shy away. There’s no doubt that your life is in some way molded and influenced by the decisions to be green or to just be regardless of greener ways. You can’t escape it. Assuming you’re part of the movement it might seem overwhelming. You might be confused as what no poo method is best for you, whether or not switching to family cloth is going to go over well with the husband, or even just “How do I get my kids to eat a salad?”

There is no right way.

Every decision you make as a mother is yours alone. Every step, no matter how small, towards a greener lifestyle is PROGRESS. Even if you have to make a run to McDonald’s for emergency nuggets. Even if you can’t stand to empty a menstrual cup during those special moments of your monthly cycle. Even if you can’t grow a plant to save your life.

You are not a failure.

You’re a green mom because you rinse and reuse take out spoons. You’re a green mom because you remember your cloth bags at least once this week. (Bonus points if you get them every time!) You’re a green mom if you’re teaching your children that the world is just as important as they are and the Earth should be respected… not ignored.

Don’t get stuck on how you match up to the greenest of moms. Focus on what’s important to you and doable for your family. Life will go on and every effort (no matter how small) towards a healthier lifestyle will make a difference.

Love always,
Imperfect Mom

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Comments

  1. These are all great points. You should never compare yourself to others. The person you’re trying to compare yourself with may have been on the journey for many more years than you or they may have more financial means to make different decisions. Make the right decisions for yourself right now. That’s all you can do.

  2. This is great! I love that you point out simple things that many moms do that they may not realize are green. I think most people have some green practices and they feel like they don’t measure up because they’re not granola crunchy. We just have to make the choices that work best for our families.

  3. Spot on, mama. I actually read something yesterday that is relevant here, but now I can’t find it. It was basically – Don’t compare yourself to others, only compare yourself to a former you. I’m certainly not where I’d love to be on the “green spectrum”, but am I doing better today than I was a year ago? Absolutely.

  4. This is so great to remember. Sometimes it is easy to fall into the trap of feeling like we’re not doing enough to be “green”. Doing whatever you can, even in small ways, that works for your family still makes a difference!

  5. It is so easy to get caught up in the trendiness and forget the real reasons why we feel strongly about stewarding the earth. Great post!

  6. Great post! I like the reminder to not be perfect every time and that every little step makes a difference. If all of us make one little step (like remembering our cloth bags once a week), it adds up.

  7. Thanks for the encouraging letter! Being a mom is tough…adding in the desire to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, we have filled our plate! 🙂

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