I was raised by a hippie mom, although I didn't realize it until I was in my 30s and noticed rolling my eyes at all things "hippie mom" was more than a tad hypocritical. Unbeknownst to me, I had picked up a whole lot of "hippie mom" tricks and, not even thinking about it, used them on my daughter. The more I thought about it, the more I recognized the times we can all learn from hippie moms.
My mom was the ultimate hippie mom, growing and canning vegetables, knitting, sewing curtains, and mending clothes for her own children. Her "hippie mom ways" were somewhat a necessity, but also just a natural part of her overall philosophy. Why buy anything when you can make it yourself, and with fewer chemicals and at lower cost? That same philosophy my mom parenting by back then resonates with moms today, too, particularly because we're all looking for ways to simplify our lives and get back to the basics with our kids.
What used to qualify as "hippie" parenting choices have now, honestly, become pretty mainstream and "modern." Babywearing is considered "normal" and encouraged for bonding as well as convenience, and coconut oil is practically a food group for most people. What used to be "hippie" is nothing more than mainstream mom tactics for keeping our kids engaged, healthy, and safe. So, with that in mind, here are a few ways I've found myself learning from other hippie moms: