Believe it or not, "scrunchy" moms aren't actually named after those beloved fabric elastics for our hair we wore in the '80s, although it would be amazing if they made a comeback. Scrunchy moms are not quite crunchy moms (think natural living) nor are they silky moms (think modern conveniences), but a mixture of the two. I hadn't heard the term before last week, so I was delighted to find a word to describe how I parent. So, on behalf of mamas like me, I'll share some things every "scrunchy" mom needs you to know.
"Take what works for you and leave the rest" has been my motherhood motto from the very beginning. Frankly, I don't think any parenting method is an "all or nothing" proposal. At least, I'm not going to look at it that way. Plus, when it comes to individual kids and their unique moms, there's no such thing as "one size fits all." I'm going to do my research and figure out what's best for me and my family. As a result, I breastfed and supplemented with formula. I made my own baby food, but I use disposable diapers. My grocery cart contains both organic strawberries and frozen pizza.
Scrunchy moms generally prefer that their children's environments be natural and organic, but they realize that's a tall order so they are not above making necessary compromises. Sure, I guess you could call that lifestyle choice "noncommittal," but I say it's having the best of both worlds.