The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting
How to raise your child, help save the planet and not go mad

By Kate Blincoe Foreword by Nikki Duffy

The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting

People's Book Prize - 2015

Paperback, 192 pages £7.00
Published: 8th October 2015
ISBN: 9780857842541
Format: 210mm x 210mm


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Nature needs children and children need nature. This book will help your family open your doors to the outside and become truly freerange animals. You’ll live a greener lifestyle and your children will learn to enjoy, appreciate and care for the world around them.

This beautiful book will inspire you to explore nature whether that’s:

  • foraging for dinner
  • learning party tricks with plants
  • or making eco-decisions around the home

It’s all about having fun together, however exhausted, time-pressured or stressed you are!

For parents of zero to ten year olds, this is a humorous and light-hearted look at all things green and nature inspired. It’s not about being perfect; it’s about giving it a try and feeling the benefits for your family.

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“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, BBC’s COAST and The One Show.

“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

“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

“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 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,

“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 parenthood. 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 and its so inspiring to think of both forgotten 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

“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, naturalist, environmental activist and author of Birds Britannica

“At last – a good parenting guide which doesn’t make you feel inadequate! Kate Blincoe shows how green parenting is not about hair shirts 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

“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

“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 Play for Life and author of Happier People Healthier Planet.

"Parents enjoy little time for reading, so this dip-in-able green guidebook is a brilliant idea. lt's packed with lists, recipes, tips and ideas ior seasonal activities, eco-friendly living and engaging kids in the natural world.
As the slow parenting movement gathers momentum, this resource can help families turn off the screens and get back to basics - bonding and enjoying nature together."

- RSPB Nature's Home Magazine

"I knew Kate could write but I didn’t know just how good it would be. I soon realised that I would need an
actual copy to bookmark pages to go back to (and I have it on pre-order)."

- Tara Greaves

"The book gives ideas and inspiration for raising your child in an eco way. It is delivered in a fun and practical way, yet is still backed up with research and ideas for further reading. It is humorous, colorful and imaginative and very easy to read. It includes information on natural play, an eco-friendly home and garden, foraging, tips to avoid screen time, making greener choices for your family and many more."

- Tracey Dixon

"There are ideas you’ll have thought of and some that are new, some you’ll want to try and some you’ll know are not for you. You’ll find your own inspirations, and this is a book to browse and dip into, see what takes your fancy. “For our children’s well-being, and for nature’s sake, it’s time to re-wild the kids.”

- Jeremy Williams

"Over all the book is a wonderful read, it has beautiful illustrations and photographs that the children have really enjoyed looking at. We also really liked that it was in no way preacher-y, I never felt that I was failing or felt judged when I was reading this book. It is not about what we are doing wrong, rather it
suggests a million little ways that we can do it right, that we can be greener"

- Lu

"Over all the book is a wonderful read, it has beautiful illustrations and photographs that
the children have really enjoyed looking at. We also really liked that it was in no way preacher-y, I never felt that I was failing or felt judged when I was reading this book. It is not about what we are doing wrong, rather it suggests a million little ways that we can do it right, that we can be greener."

- Laura Whalen

"It's not a hippy book!"

- Paul Stainton, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Kate Blincoe is a freelance journalist and writer for publications including The Guardian and Eastern Daily Press and the RSPB who has been working in the environmental sector for over a decade. While working with the RSPB she became aware of how many children had very little experience with nature and the environment. Raising children with an understanding of and connection to the natural world is now just as important to Kate as reducing the carbon footprint of their early years.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN: 9780857842541
Format: 210mm x 210mm

BISAC Code:  FAM010000, FAM020000, FAM022000, FAM032000, NAT011000
Imprint: Green Books

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