Natural Child World

I was waiting in the checkout line at Whole Foods Market the other day and I found a beautiful new eco kids magazine called Natural Child World. It’s sort of like a minimalist shelter magazine for people with babies – ie, it’s stunning. If your children are driving you crazy by tossing food left and right and crashing toys into the floor, perhaps flipping through the pages of this magazine will help restore some sanity in your life. It’s $6.99 price would then be a bargain.

As someone with a toddler running around the house creating havoc I can really understand the need for a little order, as well as the need for some peace and simplicity. Having a child has definitely helped my wife and I simplify our lives. While the urge to hold on to everything is very strong with many of us, looking at the world through a child’s eyes really helps you get rid of things. The need to clear a healthy space for your new child is probably even stronger than the urge to hord.

Funny how all of the horders you see on TV don’t have little kids. Perhaps the urge to hord only really kicks in once your children can safely navigate through all of the junk that we accumulate.

I’m all for raising our kids as eco as possible. Our toddler has lived a very green life. But there is something about the chaos that is kids that is really beautiful. I’ve shopped around for some of the beautiful eco furniture that you find in Natural Child World. That’s definitely what you want before your kid arrives. But after he or she starts making their presence felt, it’s all about finding the random stuffed animal in your bed. In short, parenthood is defined by the unpredictability of the new member of the family.

As previously stated, the magazine is beautiful. My one wish is that it were a little less minimalist – it’s tough to read. I spent some time with issue six, “The Clean Issue,” and the font is so small and light on some pages, my 40 year old eyes had trouble reading it. Maybe this just means I should run to the eye doctor. I have long since given up on reading the fine print on the medicine bottles. But now the magazines? At least my iPad lets me incease the font size. Maybe there is an app for reading the Tylenol label.



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