After reading a recent article at Inhabitots then looking around my house, I have decided the only way to keep my kids safe is to place them in either
a) an individual bubble
b) a group bubble so they can play together
It seems that every day there is a new study out or another recall warning of the dangers of pretty much every item my kids come into contact with.
The Inhabitots article I came across for example, warns of the toxins contained in some types of flooring and wallpaper. Our kids are surrounded. If not at home, at school, at the babysitters or at Grandma’s. The study found, among other things, toxic substances in flooring that negatively impact the immune system and brain development. Ahh, there goes my baby crawling on the floor, and I was worried about the dust bunnies he eats, turns out the kitchen floor is the problem. They go on to site a Swedish study that “found that children exposed to the vinyl flooring that emits phthalates, may be as much as twice as likely to develop autism.” Another reason to be weary of vinyl flooring and wallpaper? High levels of lead, you pregnant ladies are not in the clear either. Click here to read the full Inhabitots article.
So that is that, I don’t have the $$ to rip up my vinyl flooring, I guess I’ll just try to contain Mr. Baby Man in less toxic areas of my house for now. Maybe am incentive for more outside time?
While we are on the subject of toxic substances, lemme say a few quick things about BPA.
Upon reading various articles in The Globe and Mail, I have learned that
- Teenagers carry about 30 per cent more BPA than the rest of the population
- Men who are exposed to high levels of BPA are more likely to experience sexual-performance difficulties. Does that make you enjoy your daily can of Pepsi more? Realistically the amount of BPA in a can of pop is probably harmless, but when you add it to the masses of other places BPA is suspected to be reaching us from…
- Higher exposure to BPA = A significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 45% increased risk to be exact.
- Levels of BPA are so high in some waters, that people are banned from swimming . Too bad we can’t ban birds, fish or dolphins from swimming in certain parts of the ocean. The same study found that BPA levels were even higher in sand since BPA’s claim to fame is sticking to things and sand particles are the perfect candidate.
Great news for Canadians!
After a 4 year study we can all do the non-toxic dance because Canada has FINALLY declared BPA a toxic substance! The researched showed that 91% of us have BPA in our bodies. It is about time! When will everyone else follow suit?
( Shout out! Happy Wedding Day to Kim & Tommy!!)
From Calvin and Hobbes "Weirdos from another planet"
We all know that teaching our kids to be polite and respect other people is pretty important.
What about teaching our kids to respect the earth, how many parents make this a priority?
We are packing so much into our days that we barely have enough time for homework, let alone a new subject. I think doing 1 thing a month to show our kids that the Earth is important is a goal that we can all achieve. We really don’t want our kids to look back at us and say WTF were they thinking? It is their future that we’re messing with! Do you think they want to be dealing with our trash or severe weather (due to climate change), that is only getting worse, in 50 years?
Here are a just a few ideas to introduce or continue teaching your kids about climate change:
If you have a baby or a toddler:
- Get them outside! Start to teach babies right away that there is more to the world than a TV screen. ( I write this as my baby watches baby Einstein beside me…We’ll be going outside later..)
- Make a point to recycle in front of them, let them see that this is just a part of life. Talk to them about why it’s important to recycle.
- Let them watch or help plant a tree or garden and they will develop a taste for it early on
If you have pre-school or young school aged kiddies:
- Read them books about the environment. My kids love “It’s Earth Day” by Mercer Mayer and “I can save the Earth” by Alison Inches. Be super eco-friendly look for books like these at a local used bookstore
- Make something that will spark a conversation like this great Pizza Box Solar Oven
- Use Tupperware (pvc, bpa free) or a cool reusable sandwich bag in their lunch and let them know that they are helping to save the planet by not using plastic bags
- Take them to a farmers market, then have them help you prepare a meal with the things you bought. Start a clear understanding of where food comes from early.
- Have them check out this Climate Kids website that is put on by NASA or the climate change kids site by the EPA.
If you have a tween:
- Take them to a beach or park to clean up litter, have them invite some friends and buy them some yummy food afterward.
- Have them check out EEK! Another great website.
- To persuade them with pop culture check out Global Warming celebrities
If you have a teen:
- Chances are they are more knowledgeable about the environment than you anyway….
- Grab them a documentary like the 11th hour, an Inconvenient truth or Food inc.
My 6 year old has been into Calvin and Hobbes comics lately. The other night I came across a great story. Calvin decided he and Hobbes were going to Mars, because the Earth is too polluted. Wow, even Calvin and Hobbes (in 1990) are hip to the fact that the earth is in trouble.
From Calvin and Hobbes "Weirdos from another planet"
Check out Climate Mama, she is hosting the Green Mom’s carnival to get people moving on 10-10-10 and celebrate climate solutions!