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The Amazing Five-Year-Old and Her Constant Hunt for Knowledge

By Fredrica Syren

My daughter Bella is five years old and in my opinion an amazing human being. I know it’s a soft mommy’s heart that’s speaking. She is a sponge when it comes to knowledge and asks a lot of questions, sometimes followed by a “why?” which can drive me crazy, especially when I’m driving or dealing with her overtired brother.  I have to remind myself to be patient, as she is learning every day and every moment so questions come up. Thanks to her, I have learned a lot because when I don’t know the answer I look it up for her. One day her question was what Native Americans eat, and another day she was curious about how many teeth a killer whale has.

So, to help her learn and for me to have the answers, we borrow books on the subjects she is interested in from our local library; we look up other matters on the internet; and sometimes we even find a person to ask the questions to. All this knowledge also has introduced some other fun subjects because she has become very aware of other issues. For example, she is vegetarian except when we’re out and about, and cannot find suitable food for her.  Then she will, on occasion, eat fish. That was the case until she learned how dolphins and whales get caught in fishing lines and equipment, and get hurt. One day she declared that she loves dolphins and whales and, therefore, will not eat fish again because not only does that cause a risk for them but also it’s their food. I’m so proud of my beautiful little five-year-old girl.


About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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