Meet The Bruckart’s
We are native San Diegans, living the beach life in Point Loma with our 3 tiny humans; Brooklyn (4-1/2), Maxwell (2) and Bowen (4 months). Our greatest childhood memories are outside. Riding bikes with neighborhood friends (until past dinnertime), collecting rocks and snails or camping at the beach or mountains; adventuring outside has always come natural and we believe helped shape our view of the world. Our goal as parents is to teach our children not only to love and respect the environment, but to learn how our choices impact the world downstream. Proud parent moment happened the other day. Brooklyn: “Mama, I just saw someone’s trash on the side of the road. That was not a good decision. We should stop and pick it up so it doesn’t go in the ocean.” And so we did. In a world that is driven by consumerism and mass media, it’s tough to pull kids away from what they see their peers doing almost everywhere they go. We find that our kids are happiest and most playful when they are outside using their imagination and making memories on their bikes or with whatever they find in nature (rocks, sticks, sand, water). And…a secret swing set on the water is always a parent/kid win-win!
When making purchasing decisions, we lean towards buying goods that will stand the test of time, but also show respect to the environment. How cool that Skuut plants a tree with every bike sold? –buy a bike, plant a tree. Keep it up, Skuut. The Hape scoot-around bike uses FSC-certified wood, non-toxic finishes, making it both durable and safe. Our Green Toys Recycle Truck goes between the house, the beach and the park and still somehow looks new (it’s 4+ years old). I love that it’s made using recycled milk jugs; and in the US! Green Toys, our family and Bumbleride all live by the same mantra: Every day is Earth Day! By using recycled plastic, bottles are re-routed from landfills back to our playrooms (or to your stroller), all while saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint. Although our littlest is only 4 months old, he’s already grabbing onto things and two tiny teeth are about to pop through. Thanks to this super cute hedgehog, a non-toxic Finn + Emma wooden teether, he’s a happy camper and us parents can feel good about it being slobbered on. In sum, we must remember that these little humans look to us for guidance and direction in this world. They are copycats and love to learn and feel empowered by making good choices. We must teach them through action how their decisions make a difference whether big or small.
HOW WE ECO: PLAY