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Lisa Ling Talks Teaching Our Kids To Give Back And Why Her Grass Is Always Greener Than Yours

<> on June 20, 2013 in New York City.Living in South Florida, I try to make sure that my children take advantage of the outdoors as much as possible by playing in the backyard for as long as we can, and as long as it’s not too hot. The only problem we have is that whenever my 5-year-old daughter plays barefoot outside, her feet and ankles always get scratched up by the grass. She has quite a few allergies, and it looks like the grass isn’t very kind to her skin unfortunately, either. Lisa Ling though, can totally relate.

“Each time I played outside in the grass, I would end up the same way,” she recently told me during an exclusive interview. “That’s why my husband and I decided to replace our grass with artificial grass. We recently had a drought where we live in Los Angeles here and all of my neighbors couldn’t understand why my lawn ended up looking so much better than everyone else’s despite the lack of rain. It’s just fake.”

Ohhhhh. Well that just gave me a lightbulb moment! Not only would artificial grass help my daughter, but it will also reduce the amount of water we use in the long run, too. Lisa tells me that her sustainable living ideas, of course, don’t stop there. The new mother has recently joined forces with Ikea as she is the new ambassador for the IKEA Life Improvement Project.

Over the past year, IKEA has been helping inspire consumers to make a positive impact on their homes with the Life Improvement Project, and now, the company is helping to further improve lives in the community with a $50,000 donation to Save the Children’s Early Steps for School Success program.

In addition to the artificial grass, Lisa owns one of the first Energy Neutral homes in Southern California, which includes an incredible sunken outdoor lounge installed in the backyard, also baby and childproof, to help accommodate her almost 4-month-old daughter, Jett.

When asked what ways parents can help teach their children how to “give back” to their communities, she told me that the best way is to travel with them. “Take your family everywhere you go with them, no matter where you go. It can be a trip abroad or even a long drive away from home. As long as they get to experience things outside of their everyday realm, they’ll be able to learn about how others live in different cultures and communities. It’s the best education and the best way for them to understand different parts of the world.”

Going back to the traveling part, when it comes to Ikea (yes, I do consider it a different country as I feel like I’m stepping inside Sweden each time I shop there!) Lisa tells me that she too is a big IKEA fan and loves the shopping experience, and we’re not just talking going there for the meatballs and Swedish chocolates, too, LOL. “I love everything about the store and find their products and furniture to be a perfect fit for my home and my family.”

And we couldn’t agree anymore!

 

Photo via IKEA Improvement Life Project

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