“There are two philosophies when it comes to getting young children to sleep. There is ‘sleep training,’ which basically involves putting your kids to bed and listening to them scream all night; or there is ‘attachment parenting,’ which essentially involves lying down with your kids, cuddling them, and then listening to them scream all night.”
― Jim Gaffigan
Raise your hand Crunchy Mamas! There is growing trend that more and more families are adopting a “crunchy” lifestyle. What exactly does this mean? I became familiar with the term several years ago when I was labeled a crunchy/granola mom. Quizzically, I researched what someone meant by calling me crunchy. I came across a slew of definitions, most of which referred to crunchy mamas as the new “hippies” of the day. Here is my best take on what someone means when they call me crunchy:
- Crunchy Mama: breastfeeding, co-sleeping, cloth diapering, natural birthing, baby wearing, organic eating, homeschooling, essential oiling mama who avoids chemicals in personal care products and home care products.
Do you have to follow the entire definition to be crunchy? Not at all! I think a lot of mamas are just slightly crunchy! I didn’t intend to be a crunchy mama…it came naturally! When my first daughter was born, I immediately fell in love with baby wearing! What an amazing way to hold my baby AND accomplish day to day tasks! My ergo faithfully lasted for all three of my children. That was the best baby product I ever bought!
I started following the trend of organic eating, and really ramped it up when I learned about all the nasty pesticides that are on our fruits and vegetables. Now, I stick to organic fruit and veggies 98% of the time. In an effort to reduce our overall toxic overload, we need to eliminate the toxins that are embedded into our produce.
A few years ago, I fell in love with essential oils. I am constantly amazed at how well essential oils work for so many ailments. I have seen a huge difference in how we fight off colds through our use with essential oils. Do we still get sick? Sometimes, but I notice that the duration is cut in half and the intensity of the cold is also cut in half. We LOVE essential oils. My husband was a complete skeptic at first, until he was in such agony one day that he resigned to letting me put essential oils on him. He was better within a few hours and became a true believer that very day! Winning him over was an incredible feat and he now asks me for essential oils on a regular basis!
I have become increasingly aware of the yucky chemicals and additives in personal care products. Your skin is the largest organ and whatever your put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream. Once I became aware of this, I quickly switched over from “normal” personal care products, to organic, chemical free versions. This switch was costly and I realized that I could make my own personal care products! Some of my biggest successes have been with homemade deodorant (recipe coming soon!), sugar scrub, and lotion.
How would you define being a crunchy mama? Are you all crunchy or slightly crunchy? Have you been called crunchy? Submit your best definition in the comments below!