In last week’s post you met the “Helicopter Mom” – and her associates, Tiger Mom, Lawnmower Parent, and Peacock Mom – which might’ve felt like looking in a mirror or perhaps reminded you of someone you know. Now for a swing in the other direction, we’ll be looking at the…
Like the name says, these mamas are as crunchy as the granola they love to munch on 😉 Sometimes mainstream media gets a kick out of making “hippie” puns for a quick laugh, but to Crunchy Mamas, their parenting style is no joke!
Crunchy Mamas can range from the casual, cloth diaper kind to the all-natural, green extreme. But in general, most of these mamas shun mainstream parenting traditions, reject hospital births and circumcisions, and opt out of processed food and synthetic materials. They prefer discipline-free parenting, use essential oils and homeopathic remedies, choose home births, and highly esteem breastfeeding and vegetarian/vegan/paleo diets.
There’s a lot to be said for giving your children a technology free and fruit ‘n’ veggie filled childhood. Crunchy mamas strongly value health and wellness in their household. If being “crunchy” means teaching your children to eat well and respect the environment, then that’s not so bad (even if that means poppin’ a placenta pill or two!)
Some criticize Crunchy Mamas for being too far off the grid when it comes to the extremes of this parenting style. Breastfeeding your child well beyond their toddler years, rejecting public school and traditional education settings, and perpetuating a general mistrust of modern medicine could potentially lead to issues for both mother and child down the line.
Attachment Parenting Mama:
Where the Crunchy Mama focuses on physical well-being, the AP mother emphasizes emotional healthiness. Even before the baby is born, the AP Mama is already preparing herself by eliminating any negative energy prior to birth. Baby’s cries are viewed as non-verbal communication to which the mother should always respond sensitively. Skin-to-skin, breastfeeding, baby-wearing, and co-sleeping are all trademarks of Attachment Parenting.
The Crunchy Momma focus on physical well being and the AP moms emphasize the emotional side of things, but the Ahimsa Mama strongly values spiritual wellness. This yogi mommy is all about bringing up socially conscious children in a mindful environment. Ahimsa, popular in Eastern belief systems like Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, is a Sanskrit term meaning “non-violence.” Just like Ghandi, this peaceful parent wants nothing more than harmony and respect amongst all living creatures.
So there’s the second installment in our series on the different parenting styles of moms. What did you think? Is this “Green” style up your alley or is it too “hippie-dippie” for your liking? Share your thoughts below and make sure to check back next Monday and see if the new post is more your cup of tea!