What is a crunchy mama? It’s a phrase you might have heard tossed around, but who exactly is it referring too? Well, I am a crunchy mama, and you might be too, whether you realize it or not.
Often times, people reduce being a crunchy mama to a set list of practices, but really that’s an oversimplification. Rather, a crunchy mama is simply someone who cares for her children and out of that care, researches everything in order to be informed. Like, “Which toothpaste is best and why?” or “What does Pitocin do and what are its known side effects?” And all of this research might lead her to doing things differently. Like, going against common practice. I know sometimes, people say that it means always defying the medical establishment, but that would be wrong too. A crunch mama would only go against her doctor if her research led her to that conclusion.
But a crunchy mama is also a lot more. She is someone who also knows her child and parents in a way that is best for him and her. Some people think of being a crunchy mama as a sort of “all or nothing” deal. I either do ALL of these things and am a crunchy mama or I am not one. But I think if that were the case, then all “crunchy” parents would be bad parents. Rather, a truly crunchy mama isn’t tied to a definition. She is someone who does the things that work for her child and passes on the rest. Case in point… some people say that crunchy moms are always big advocates of raw dairy. I don’t consume dairy though. It just so happens that Baby J has a dairy intolerance; it doesn’t matter if it is raw or not. So I don’t drink it and neither does she. Does that make me not crunchy anymore? I chose what is best for my daughter over some definition, and I think I am still crunchy.
Even though I think it’s pretty great to be a crunchy mom, somewhere along the way crunchy mamas have gotten a bad rap. I know lots of people who don’t want to be thought of as one. And I also know of other people who have embraced the term, trying to make it into some sort of social statement. This is silly, and if you are holding back from doing something because you are afraid you’ll be labeled as crunchy, release that fear! At the end of the day, it’s all about loving and nurturing our kids the best we can. Who cares if it’s crunchy?!
But I know, know! Even though I said that reducing being a crunchy mama to a set list of practices was wrong, people still want to see a list. So without further ado, here is a list of crunchy mom practices:
Co-sleeping, bed sharing, or the family bed
Early elimination communication
Eating natural, organic whole foods (including raw dairy)
Using essential oils
Using a doula and/or midwife
Anti-vaccine or delayed vaccine schedule
Natural, herbal remedies
So there you have it! A list of crunchy mama practices! Out of this list, we do all but two. We don’t homeschool or unschool (but then again, our daughter is only one), and we don’t use cloth diapers. I think we are definitely crunchy, and do you know what? I am comfortable with that.
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And now I want to hear from you! What makes you a crunchy mama?
But first, no article on crunchy parents would be complete without a link to this video. Even though I have embraced being a crunchy mom, I still like to laugh at myself too. A lot. Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say
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