Feel like you are alone out there in the Eco wilderness? Are you the only one on your block who buys organic food; the only one who recycles; the only one who worries about phthalates? Sure you can go online and find a large community of like-minded moms but, what about in your neighborhood?
I recently had a blogger mom from my neck of the woods e-mail me asking me to write more on local opportunities. I can, but better yet, I can let her know how to meet moms just like her and me and probably you.
An article in the NY Times just profiled one of these clubs, Eco- Moms, based in Marin County, California. This group of moms meets on a regular basis to share ideas and concerns. Another club with local branches, Holistic Moms does, more or less, the same thing but, is perhaps for those a little greener or for those into alternative parenting too.
Both groups, as the NY Times article highlighted include moms across the spectrum so joining, like belonging to any club is not for the easily affronted. In the green movement, as in any activist organization there are fanatics as well as those only seeking information. Which means you can probably find someone with similar views to yours, those you can learn something from and…those who annoy you.
Are there alternatives? Sure, there actually are a variety of lesser known organizations in which you can meet moms interested in the green lifestyle. Several of these have a particular focus but tend to attract green moms. Here’s a list of a few to consider:
But, you don’t need to join a club to meet green moms. Visit your local Farmer’s Market and talk to other sling toting parents. Check your local listing for green oriented classes offered by many parks and community centers. Sign up for baby yoga. Visit a green store, many encourage you to just hang out and talk to other customers. Talk to other moms when you visit your local natural food store.
Parenting, especially in the beginning can be a lonely business. Take steps to create your own green group of friends early and you’ll have ready-made green playmates for your child as he or she grows up.