My baby turned 5 on May 28th. And for most of the spring and part of the summer, I struggled with whether or not he was ready for kindergarten. I thought…he’s a boy BUT he does have an older brother BUT he’s not into sitting still to write or draw or even color BUT he does love homework time with his brother BUT I think he would be bored with another year of “play” BUT and the list went on and on. Nevertheless, we finally decided to give kindergarten a try. Ironically enough, now that he’s there, I couldn’t be happier with our decision to send him “as scheduled”. He absolutely loves school and the feedback from his teacher couldn’t be more positive. That said, I must admit it’s hard to believe “my baby” is a kindergartner. Let me just say that if the last five years are anything like the next five and beyond, he’ll be graduating high school in the blink of an eye. But for now, I find myself frequently checking the time…thinking it must be time to pick him up from preschool. Instead, I look forward to our walks to and from the bus stop. In fact, nothing compares to seeing my boys getting off the bus with big grins and hearing about their day as we walk home. It’s priceless time! With all that said, we are embracing “big boy” school enthusiastically. With “my baby” now in school, it’s giving me time to focus on my “other baby” – green i am. As I continue my journey to green one house at a time, I’ve also expanded my focus to greening the school. Afterall, I want to optimize my children’s school experience as opposed to treat allergies, sickness , headaches, etc… Let’s face it, most public places- schools included – have antibacterial soaps, use toxic cleaning products, serve super processed food, etc… And while I can’t control everything, I know that small changes can have huge impacts. So, why not partner with schools in creating healthier environments for all our children. If you’re interested in helping me in my effort and/or greening your own home and/or school, know that green i am would be honored to partner with you in your efforts.