Hippie Is So Five Minutes Ago

A hippie in the making; Caera has it all.

I learned a new term today. Crunchy Mom

According to the Urban Dictionary, Crunchy Mom is a member of an increasingly growing group of moms who are neo-hippies.

Meaning a mom who breastfeeds her children, raises them herself, uses cloth diapers or a sling, and horrors upon horrors, home schools her children.

Although my middle daughter, Sarah, used a hospital, she chose to go with a mid-wife. She felt the care was more personal and met her needs.

Why is just being a mom so looked down upon? Doesn’t society realize that children raised by a parent instead of an underpaid, overworked “caregiver” are much better adjusted and behaved?!

I was ahead of my time. Long before the term crunchy mom came on the scene, I breastfed my children, was a stay at home mom and home schooled them. I think they look pretty happy and well-adjusted.

My mother breastfed all four of her children (economics and in the 50’s that is what normal women did). I breastfed my girls and they in turn fed theirs the same way. The only exception was that my oldest was allergic to everything and I caved to society and started her on formula – might she have been healthier if I hadn’t?

The Urban Dictionary goes on to say that you may be a crunchy mom if:

…bake all your own bread
…make your own jam, jelly, pickles, applesauce, etc.
…gave birth at home — by CHOICE! (With a midwife, doula, or unassisted!)
…prefer to teach your children yourself at home instead of letting the public or private schools do it for you.
…grow your own food as much as possible, and buy the rest at farmer’s markets or health food stores.
…are vegan or vegetarian.
…choose not to use birth control.
…don’t wear a bra or shoes.
…don’t use shampoo or soap, but instead maybe sea salt or a variety of other things.  (make your own instead of the chemically based products)
…had your placenta chopped up for an anti-depressant pill or smoothie.
…have no television in your home — and actually read BOOKS for entertainment!
…grind your own grain to make your own bread with (did you know that wheat looses about 90% of it’s nutrients within 7 days of being ground?)
…don’t cut your hair or wear pants (not going around half-naked, but wearing skirts! Silly people! Get your mind out of the gutter!)

Some of the above mentioned traits are due to religious beliefs, others are hold-overs from the 70’s, but most of them are about being healthier and happier.

Who knew being a mom would be considered radical.

When my oldest granddaughter, Isabelle, got cancer, her mom, Rebekah, didn’t have to take a leave of absence from work, because she chose long before to raise her own children. And she didn’t have to make countless trips to a school to get missed assignments because Isabelle is home schooled. It made the stress of the disease much easier to deal with.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. island traveler
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 01:21:14

    Each photo makes me smile and neo hippie sounds cool to me . It’s about time to go back to the simple joys of life…just to enjoy like and family in general. Great post. To join weekly challenge:
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