What’s Crunchy?

Many of you like my husband, The Cubs Fan, may be unfamiliar with the term, “crunchy,” and how it applies to parenting.

According to Urban Dictionary the word “crunchy” is:

An adjective used to describe persons who have adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons. Crunchy persons tend to be politically strongly left-leaning and may be additionally but not exclusively categorized as vegetarians, vegans, eco-tarians, conservationists, environmentalists, neo-hippies, tree huggers, nature enthusiasts, etc.  

Also used to describe establishments where alternative foods and products are sold, i.e. natural food stores.

Modified derivative of granola.

Now let’s take a look at Urban Dictionary’s take on “granola”:

An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living, who will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products (for health and/or environmental reasons), as well as limit consumption of what he or she does consume, as granola people are usually concerned about wasting resources. Usually buy only fair-trade goods and refrain from buying from large corporations, as most exploit the environment as well as their workers, which goes against granola core values. The choice of not removing body hair (see amazon) and drug use are not characteristics that define granola people, and people, regardless of granola status, may or may not partake in said activities. This definition is sometimes confused with hippy.

Yes, that’s all very interesting, but what exactly does this have to do with parenting? Parents who are “crunchy” or “granola” may practice some or all of the following aspects of child rearing:

  • Home Birthing/Birthing with a midwife or doula
  • Use cloth diapers or practice elimination communication
  • Observe fertility by monitoring natural fertility signs/Use natural birth control with fertility awareness
  • Co-sleep or room-share
  • Exclusively breastfeed/Exclusively pump and feed breastmilk
  • Choose extended breastfeeding (past 1 year of age)
  • Choose babywearing
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Anti-vaccinations
  • Use homeopathic remedies to treat illness
  • Attachment Parenting

You probably noticed that my blog is titled, This Side of Crunchy which means that it chronicles my own journey through my choices as a crunchy mama. I do not subscribe to or practice everything that is listed above. In fact, I don’t do most of those things, but what I do choose is especially wholesome and good in its own granola way. My hope is that you will laugh and learn with me as I embark on this adventure and maybe even find a way to apply these forms of parenting to your own family.

Happy crunching!

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