How much do you notice about the outdoor world? A little while back, my friend Lindsay Coulter suggested some “nature homework” for us: getting to know nature better by recognizing what happens locally in nature around the time of your birthday. You can keep track year after year too. How lovely is that?
I almost feel guilty admitting this, but I love giving gifts. I love choosing them, wrapping them, and giving them. I always have. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve started to realize that it’s just far too much stuff.
Even looking past the idea of waste and resources, I don’t have anywhere to store gifts. My place is very small! Most people I know don’t want to receive unneeded things either. While the intention can be wonderful, often the item itself isn’t needed or wanted.
We’re so fortunate to live in a day where we have numerous choices for our children’s playthings. Unfortunately, this choice can be a bit overwhelming! So I’ve taken a bit of time to compile some of my favourite toy brands for babies and kids.
Why does it matter which brands you choose? Quite a few reasons:
I’ve been thinking a lot about effort, and privilege, these days.
I had someone ask me the other day why I didn’t cloth diaper when J was a newborn. Honestly, the newborn period was really challenging for me, and the extra bit of effort that would go into cloth diapering was just completely beyond me at the time. That’s the honest truth. Knowing what I do know, and knowing what to expect from the newborn period, I believe I could do it if I have a second child one day.
Then I had a friend tell me that sometimes depression creeps in and it’s hard to put in the work to become zero-waste. I understand what she means: sometimes it’s just too much. Reducing your waste is important, yes, but it’s crucial to prioritize your mental well-being.
This is not laziness. This is doing what you need to, in order to get through challenging times.
I’ve always loved children’s literature, and even more so since I studied it in my Library Studies Master’s Degree program. I started my collection of children’s books before I seriously considered having a baby, and I joke that the books are actually for me.