Who I Am: I’m Atticus’ mother, Kevin’s wife and my own boss.
I live for morning yoga on the beach, kombucha in a glass jar, and have been known to skip brushing my hair for a few days.
I breastfeed my 18 month old, had a baby out of my vagina (oh come on now, you have to say vagina if you want any crunchy street cred) with no drugs, toddler-wear (take that babywearing) and cloth diaper. Heck, I’ve even considered family cloth…
I also like shoes, nail polish, eyebrow waxing, and nothing beats rubbing coconut butter on my freshly shaved legs.
I’m crunchy, but I wear ridiculously fancy shoes, and I am proud of that. I love my earth mama friends just as much as I adore my Louboutin wearing glamour girls. I love when mama’s defeat stereotypes, especially in the parenting realm. I believe that we undervalue the importance of mommies embracing themselves for who they are.
You don’t have to be an unshaven, dread headed, free spirit hippie to be crunchy, and you certainly don’t have to be “crunchy” to practice some of the more instinctual parenting practices such as; babywearing, breastfeeding, natural birth, and cloth diapering.
What I try to convey to all moms, especially within this crunchy little world of ours, is that each and every caregiver that practices the instinctual parenting practices I touched on earlier; is important to the cause. The mom who has perfectly manicured nails, impeccable hair and babywears is more important to the Babywearing movement than she probably realizes.
I remember meeting a former Miss Arizona at a MommyCon Playdate and thinking to myself, this girl is stunning. I am so glad she’s here. The more society see’s mainstream moms practicing natural and instinctual parenting practices, the more prevalent things like babywearing, breastfeeding and cloth diapering will be in our culture.
Us crunchy moms can sit here with our tough exteriors and judge the bystander, but we need to quit it and embrace the mother who isn’t like us, but is trying out these practices for the first time.
Remember, if we want to see more families breastfeed, wear their children and cloth diaper; we must support all mothers in their parenting journey.