I've been crunchy for a long time, now. I guess working part-time in a health food store for eight years will do that to a girl. During that time, I became pregnant with both my first and second children, so they got a pretty full dose of my crunchiness, and in all its glory. Yup, I was a hippie mom, and there are certain struggles only hippie moms can understand thanks to our unique lifestyles.
Please understand that all of this is tongue-in-cheek, to a certain degree. I mean yes, I had a home birth, chose not to get an epidural, and didn't want my kids to have plastic toys. I tried my best to keep my daughter away from sugar and processed foods in her early years. But now? Well, now she eats Goldfish crackers with the best of them, and her favorite food "in the entire world," is pizza. I waved my white flag in the air a while ago, but I remember being a slightly obnoxious hippie mom in the beginning. (OK, looking back, I was pretty obnoxious.)
Honestly though, I wouldn't change a thing. I stand behind a mom's right to make choices that buck the trend and require more thought and care than just going to Costco (although I love my membership, personally). You do you, girl. Yes, it is challenging to do things differently without coming across as judgmental about other parents' choices, even when you're not judging and simply doing what you know is best for you and your family. It's not impossible, though. So, with that in mind, here are 10 struggles only hippie moms can understand: