Roots, Wings and a New (Green) Nest – Win Green Guides!

Home grounds us. Itís a safe haven to come and go. For kids, itís generally the nesting place until they go off to the next great thing. Could they benefit from a little green guidance? Couldnít we all use help living a sustainable life?

Do you know about the parenting theory of Roots and Wings? It goes like this: Give kids the roots of guidance and trust, and watch them soar. Parents develop principles and values that guide their children. The hope is that these roots become ingrained, and when they move out, their path to live responsible lives will flourish.

My kids are in their early 20ís. Itís been mostly an empty EcoNest with the exception of summers for a few years. Last month, I moved my youngest child into a studio apartment near the college he attends. After signing the lease, we hauled in his stuff and I gave him a housewarming gift to remind him of his green roots. The kit consisted of some green cleaning supplies , a Klean Kanteen, a few handmade cloth napkins and six handy Green Guides from Chelsea Green Publishing.

With wanderlust in his eyes, and tears in mine, we hugged and off he went to build his new nest. On the three-hour drive back home, I realized we forgot to set up a recycling system. A few days later, I received a call from my son exclaiming that he was flipping through the guide about recycling and he was heading out to pick up a few recycling bins. Roots and Wings.

Want some green guidance for your EcoNest? Enter to win The Chelsea Green Guide Six-Pack Set by leaving a comment below. One winner will be selected at random and announced on September 15.

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Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

Always remember the 3 R.

Gvapo T.
Gvapo T.4 years ago


Danuta W.
Danuta Watola4 years ago


Kashara M.
Kashara M.4 years ago

Thanks for the article, go Green!

Emily Smith
Emily Smith4 years ago

Great green tips! I recently moved into a non-green household, and simply by continuing to live by the same principles I usually do, including some of the practices mentioned above, I'm slowly seeing a change in how everyone around me is living. Good to know the green movement is surviving move-outs, and growing through move-ins. :)

Denina T.
Denina T.5 years ago

Go green!

Janet D.
Janet D.5 years ago

green is the new black

Michel P.
Past Member 5 years ago

Michel P.
Past Member 5 years ago

Michel P.
Past Member 5 years ago

Please signed this petition its the heritage of our children at risk