Notice the yummy papaya from Whole Foods in her mouth & then the Cocoa Puffs in the background. We definitely find ourselves somewhere in the middle...
I'll admit that I've just recently heard the term "crunchy." According to Urban Dictionary, the term refers to anyone who has "adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons." It is a derivative of the word "granola," which I actually have used before to describe things. A crunchy mama would then, in my mind, just be any mom who chooses to follow more environmentally conscious efforts with their children. According to Urban Dictionary, and I guess many others, "crunchy mama" refers to a mom who "supports homebirth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. One who questions established medical authority; tends to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods."
Well, I consider myself to be fairly environmentally-friendly, but I'm not sure I can consider myself "crunchy" by these definitions. We make all kinds of efforts with Isis including organic foods, making our own baby food & cloth diapers. The only thing is that not all of these decisions were made specifically because they were environmentally friendly. Cloth diapers had much more to do with cost, as did making our own baby food. Organic foods definitely has to do with being environmentally friendly as well as just more natural in general. There are so many additives, preservatives & chemicals that have been added to our foods & our materials just in the last 40 - 50 years. We don't know the long-term effects of these things yet because they haven't been around long-term. Lewis & I just find it to make sense that keeping Isis & any future children as chemical-free as possible can't be a bad thing!
I chose to breastfeed because it just seemed like the natural choice for me. It was never really a question in my mind. Sure, it's environmentally friendly, but it's also proven to be great for your baby regardless of environmental factors. We don't co-sleep & I don't really see what this has to do with being environmentally friendly. And what is "gentle discipline?" I didn't have a homebirth, but I did have a natural birth using a nurse-midwife in the hospital- would this make me crispy, not crunchy? I'm confused by some of this!
While I definitely feel that environmentally conscious living has gotten way too political, I still see the benefit in being a "crunchy mama." But I also find myself shying away from labels as a whole. I don't fit in a category & even this crunchy mama category is one I can't fully say I fit in. I am proud to make decisions based on what is best for us. I am proud to make every effort I can to live in a way that is conscious of my place as a part of this world & I hope to teach my children the same. It is so important to be conscious of the effect you can have on the world around you, but based on each individual family there are a lot of variables as to how easy it is to be "crunchy."
What about you?
Do you make efforts to be a crunchy mama?