You don't make your own baby food?!
Oh, you're still using a Bjorn?
Disposable diapers? Are you kidding? We don't even use cloth diapers. We practice Elimination Communication.
Poor child is forward-facing at 15 months! Is his mother trying to kill him?
Yeah, I know those are stereotypes. But that is what is kind of killing me about this whole crunchy-mama wave.
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I know so much of it (if not all of it) is rooted in love and what is best for the child. I have been avidly attachment parenting since I first became a mother almost nine years ago and I must admit, I did go through a phase of harsh judgement myself. I did not understand mothers who relied on the "cry it out" technique and I truly believed that it was abusive. My twins were not allowed to watch Disney movies because of the inherent misogyny in their story lines. I never put anything into or onto their bodies that wasn't organic. Since then, I have learned a lot about myself and mothering. I have honed my beliefs and attitudes to fully encompass compassionate parenting but it now comes along with a pretty hefty dose of reality and flexibility. With six kids and two parents that work full-time, we must really focus on what is truly important. Love.
So, in short, I just want to remind everyone to play nice and remember that the whole point is love. Let's not tear each other down and cast judgements. It is hard enough being a mom without worrying that your kid doesn't have the bento-box style lunch and eats free or reduced lunch at school instead or that your little girls play with barbies and not waldorf dolls. It is getting increasingly expensive to be a simple, hippie mama these days with the latest babywearing gear, baby legs and soft sole shoes, organic cotton clothing/diapers and the ethos that started the whole trend is really getting lost, I feel. Every single one of these crunchy-mama trends does come with completely valid points when it comes to your kiddo's well being, however, no one is endangering their kids, no one is stupid or ignorant, no one is mean if they are not toeing the line. So, keep calm and carry on crunchy mamas.
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