What is Crunchy Parenting?

To describe a person as “crunchy” simply means he/she doesn’t follow the mainstream idea. A crunchy mom is a parent who chooses the natural option instead of medically or scientifically proven ones. They are those who are generally aware of their environment and are politically liberal. They make sure they research nature and incorporate it in their lives. Some are hippies. So, have you known a crunchy mom? Or how can you know if you’re really a crunchy mom? Here are a few things you can use in identifying crunchy parents.

Things a Crunchy Mom Does

·       Breastfeeding more than 6 months and beyond

·       Co-Sleeping (with their babies)

·       Avoiding all sort of junk food for herself and her family

·       Relying on both tradition and natural methods/roots

·       Preferring natural birth

·       Preferring homeschooling

·       Relying on natural remedies for sicknesses

The term crunchy doesn’t end there; it also represents a woman whose interest in the health of her family and kids. It represents a person who shoulders responsibility head-on. The list of qualities continues going on and on – both pros and cons.

Although, most people seem to confuse natural human instinct and behavior with that of been crunchy. So here are a few reasons why not all persons who believe in nature should be known as having a crunchy behavior.

3 Pros of Crunchy Parenting

Breastfeeding is Natural

Yes, breastfeeding is a natural thing for all moms and at such, it is not irrational behavior. Just as every mammal breastfeeds their offspring, so too does a mother has that natural tendency to breastfeed her child.

Lying Close to Your Child

Lying beside your child gives the child a feeling of protection. As we’ve said before in the case of breastfeeding, this is something we see everywhere. The animals keep their offspring close to them to ensure one thing – protection. It’s a natural tendency for any mother to sleep close to her child and should not be considered crunchy in any case. It is also a way to love and bond with your child, especially your infant or toddler.

Giving Birth without Hospital Assistance

The female body was naturally made to give birth, so giving birth to a baby anywhere without any hospital assistance doesn’t make a person a hippie or free spirit. Some women choose to naturally give birth without the need of going to the hospital, because that’s how it was meant to be in nature. Most often, women with high-risk pregnancies are in that state mostly because of what they eat and do. Crunchy moms choose healthier eating and fitness habits, which makes it easier for them to give birth naturally.