What can we do to help children realise their full potential? I believe we need to develop the capacity for joy which is the fundamental right of every human being – of every child. ‘Eco parenting – growing greener children‘ is about enhancing that capacity for joy.
By following seven simple eco parenting principles
- Increasing connection with nature and using natural materials
- Consuming of seasonal local and organic whole food
- Minimising use of technology
- Engaging in regular exercise
- Practicing mindfulness – meditation, yoga, chi gung
- Building and connecting community
- Caring for country – reducing our ecological impact
parents can help their children lead happier, healthier, more rewarding lives.
It is all about simplicity.
“Simplicity in the outer life is beautiful. In the inner life simplicity is invincible” ~ Sri Chinmoy, Indian Poet
In Western civilization we have replaced simplicity with complexity and in turn lost touch with the simplicity of our inner life, our invincibility.
We have a deep responsibility to respect and honour our relationships – to ourselves, our families, our community and our environment – our country. It is with this in mind that I wrote ‘growing greener children’ as a result of my seven years working in communities across Australia. I saw a phenomenal change in the well being of children and parents when eco parenting principles were introduced.
Introducing and changing diet and environment based on natural, organic, chemical free principles were the two of the first changes that were introduced. Simple, hand made natural toys filled the children’s playroom. The children and parents made their own bread from organic wholemeal flour and fresh salad from the community garden adorned the lunch table. A sense of joy pervaded the room.
These are simple changes that every family can make to help their children lead happier, more rewarding lives. As Paramahansa Yogananda said, “Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
Author – Eco parenting – growing greener children
Eco parenting is currently developing an innovative, engaging and interactive 3D ‘look inside the human body’. This 3D pilot will demonstrate a child’s wellbeing and the links to diet, lifestyle and environment. If you would like to support this project and receive a one on one consultation with Jane Hanckel and a signed copy of her book then please click here.