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The Big Interview: Editor of The Green Parent mag, Melissa Corkhill

Melissa Corkhill is the editor the green lifestyle and natural parenting magazine, The Green Parent. With regular columns on organic gardening, seasonal food and drink, green travel, ethical fashion, and much more, this is every eco-parent’s dream! 

What is the best part of being the editor of Green Parent?
The best part of being editor is the feedback from readers who suddenly feel like they have a tribe of like-minded support. Many of our readers describe discovering the magazine as ‘like coming home’. Parenting is the toughest job and knowing that we can support people through each of the stages and help them feel less alone in the choices that they are making is an amazing feeling. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to new parents hoping to approach family life with an eco-mind-set?
The best piece of advice given to me was to seek support - many of the tenets of green parenting such as breastfeeding, babywearing, choosing to raise kids screen-free, etc. are outside the norm and it can feel as though you are parenting totally differently to the mainstream. Find others who are raising their children in a similar way so that you can get support and reassurance.

What are the challenges of being a magazine editor?
I love the dynamic nature of my job but am still working on finding the perfect balance between work and life. Around deadline I can find myself subsumed by work and loving it, but I know that affects my relationship with my teenage kids. I am lucky to have an amazing team around me who are brilliant at their jobs, so it’s becoming easier to find the balance!

Your magazine covers a huge breadth of topics from green travel to ethical gardening, how do you keep on top of the latest trends?
At The Green Parent we have an inspiring team of contributors who are all at the forefront of their niche and who supply us with fresh, engaging content on everything from lotus birth to creating a zero-waste home.

Do you have a number one tip for engaging young children in recycling?
Recycling for children often comes naturally. Having a junk box is a great way to make waste seem more exciting. A big box filled with bits of tin foil and bubble wrap, cereal boxes and loo roll inners makes for a brilliant art session. Most important is that we teach our children the first step which is to reduce the need for throw-away consumables. We are running a Plastic-Free July campaign on our website at the moments - come over to to get involved.

What is your favourite way to relax once an issue is completed?
My absolute best way is to take a break with my partner and our two daughters. We obviously don’t do this every issue but after the next issue we are going on a wild swimming camping trip to France and I can’t wait to unplug and reconnect with my family.

What can subscribers expect from future issues? Why subscribe?
We have such awesome plans for future editions of Green Parent. Think off-grid living, the best alternative schools in the UK, raising a resilient teen, natural birth, mealplans to save you money and boost health, affordable green holidays, how to find out whether home education is right for your child and much more.

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