Two events for children are signs of life and expressions of the imago dei, the image of God, granted to humans. When kids' brains are filled with biodiversity instead of corporate-logo-diversity, they have the chance to think God's thoughts after him. When kids learn to love and train their pit bulldogs, they learn something about wise dominion and stewardship of the Creation.
Hint: if you wear a seat belt but also believe that thimerosal preservatives in vaccines cause autism, you may be inconsistent. Pregnant women and small children, and others at risk, should get the vaccine when it is available.
A whole month without throwing anything away? Is it possible? Ask Michael Abbaté.
If your eight-year-old doesn't have a pocketknife and know how to use it, you might not be a very good parent. It's a key tool in learning to care for creation and to love nature.