Baby tree. Among environmentalists, a common rallying cry is to protect the planet “for our grandchildren.” It’s a lovely sentiment, and a powerful notion — that the choices you make today affect generations yet to come. But what about the generation spattering spaghetti sauce on your walls right now?

In this special series, Grist turns its focus to parenting, offering articles and advice for navigating the increasingly common and confusing environmental health issues every parent faces. As news emerges on everything from toxic plastics in toys to substandard food in schools, we take a look at the intersection of parenthood and planethood.

Which concerns should you lose sleep over, and which ones can you ignore (or at least push off till next week)? What’s the best way to balance the health of your children and the health of the environment? Over the next two weeks, we’ll offer expert advice, helpful guides, Q&As, and more. From twinkle-in-your-eyehood to tweenhood, we’ll help you rest a little easier.

 

Welcome to the Jungle: General Thoughts on Parenthood

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The Fertile Prescient: Reproduction and Pregnancy

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Little Bundles of Joy (and Terror): Babies and Toddlers

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They Grow Up So Fast: School-Age Kids

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