Confessions on an Accidental Crunchy Mom

I’m a breastfeeding, co-sleeping, self-led weaning, gentle parenting, homeschooling mama.  Ick!  I hate every single one of those labels.  Not only do I hate the stigmas associated with being a “crunchy” mom, but I never intended to be any of these things in the first place.  Yet, here I am, being all crunchy.

I was formula fed.  I went to public schools.  I ate junk food like it was my job.  “Natural parenting” wasn’t a thing when I was growing up, and if it was, I sure as heck knew nothing about it.  When you’re growing up, you tend to think you’re going to raise your own family the same way you were raised.

But things change.  The world changes.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m 100% a granola mom… For example, I only buy organic food when it’s on sale.  But I have surprised myself by how crunchy I’ve become.

Before becoming pregnant with my first baby, I was repulsed by the thought of breastfeeding.  I made fun of baby-wearing parents.  I laughed at the idea of homeschooling.  I swore my children would never sleep in my bed.  Now here I sit, exclusively breastfeeding my almost-9-month-old baby, toting her around in the baby carrier almost daily, and seriously considering homeschooling my 3-year-old.

Who am I?

The answer is simpler than it may seem.  Simply put, I’m a mom who loves her kids more than anything in the entire world.  They are my number one.  I’ve read articles about moms who put their husbands, or themselves first.  I respect the opinions of these moms. I might even understand them, to an extent.  But, for me, it’s all about my kids.  If it’s crunchy parenting that feels right to me, then that’s how I’m going to raise my kids.  And I must be doing something right, because, ask anyone, I truly have two of the happiest children you will ever meet.

My crunchiness may be accidental, but it’s a label that I’m proudly wearing during this stage of life.

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Confessions of an Accidental Crunchy Mom


8 thoughts on “Confessions on an Accidental Crunchy Mom

  1. Another accidental cruncher here! It started for me with birthing at a freestanding birth center because it was cheaper lol! It’s snowballed in the most awesome way since then. High five to you, momma!

  2. Yes! Same thing happened to me!! All my friends who knew me before motherhood joke about the changes and I poke fun at the irony, too 🙂 so funny the things we think we know/judge before becoming a mommy ourselves. We’re all experts until it happens to us! Looking forward to reading more from you 🙂 Just liked your Facebook page too to stay connected. Xo

  3. Omg! My life exactly! I did a lot of research, but I was not anticipating becoming such a crunchy mom! I am still breastfeeding my toddler, I still baby wear her, and she has never injested a processed food. It just slowly became this way, but she seems happy! Accidental crunchy moms unite!

  4. I used to be crunchy. I think it was when my boy was very young. Over time I realized most of the information I was being peddled didn’t stand up to further scrutiny – so all my crunchy just fell away. Fear is used as a marketing tool because it’s highly effective. I think I got fear fatigued and even these days, if advertising tries to frighten me into buying, I get really cranky. But every mum has to do what she feels is right for her and her family without having to justify herself. Go you!

  5. Don’t be ashamed of any of it!! You have to parent how you feel you do. I’m crunchy by choice, but I can totally relate to you in finding it funny exactly how far on the “crunchy train” I have ended up. 🙂

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