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Introducing Parenting at the Crossroads

Introducing Parenting at the Crossroads

As individuals, it appears to be within our power to change our behaviors, habits and choices to better reflect and impact our growing environmental concerns and societal obligations. Buying locally produced foods, refraining from needless car trips, switching out wasteful technologies and generally cutting back on our consumption of plastics and other landfill-clogging items are some of the more obvious gestures we could make toward social responsibility.

Easy enough, but for most people things get quite a bit more complicated once you move beyond the framework of the singular to the plural and enter into the realm of parenthood and family. If you consider all the diapers, toys and clothing items that are discarded soon after purchase, it seems as if procreation and social responsibility are too often mutually exclusive. But not all hope is lost.

The idea behind Parenting at the Crossroads is to provide sane, enlightened and practical ideas on parenting with ideals, not guilt. This goes for making choices that are both advantageous for you, as much as they are advantageous for your family and the larger environment. In addition, I will strive to introduce lively and provocative viewpoints about imparting parental wisdom and sharing your convictions with your children, assuming that social responsibility is something taught by example. I welcome your comments, opinions, suggestions, nitpicking and praise and look forward to moving beyond the crossroads of overwhelm and confusion toward a path that makes more sense for everyone and everything.

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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9:19AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

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7:19AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Parents can help guide their children to adopt values at odds with excessive consumerism and destruction of the earth.

1:57PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Thanks Eric.

12:00AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

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1:34AM PST on Mar 13, 2011

Thanks for the info.

4:45AM PST on Mar 7, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:16AM PDT on May 4, 2009

Before this subject gets too serious, the second paragraph ("If you consider all the diapers, toys and clothing items . . . .") immediately brought to mind this quotation, which I insert solely for a laugh, not to make any comment on the topic:
"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child.
We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives."
-- Rita Rudner
That said, this looks like it will be a good blog for parents of young, or as yet unborn, children. Carry on.

8:04PM PDT on May 23, 2008

I look forward to learning something from this blog -- keep the good ideas coming.

7:57PM PDT on Apr 29, 2008

Thank you Eric Steinman, , I am trying to teach and work with my son and show him that its important to protect our environment as much as we can.

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