I wanted to add to this that I really enjoyed reading why everyone is crunchy! I'm not very crunchy. More and more I find myself pulling away from the mainstream, disagreeing with popular culture and values, and seeking something different. When my son was a baby and toddler I was completely mainstream.I did not wear my baby or CD, we went through phases of co sleeping and my son is circ'd, even worse I had a c section, although I had placenta previa. I must be feeling brave to post all of this on MDC! This probably sounds unreal to many of you but that was all I knew. Crunchy/natural mommas were more of an ideal than real people in my narrow frame of reference. Then when my son was 12 months old, I think rather suspiciously, he developed pneumonia ten days after getting the pneumo vax. I started reading about vaccines. I was still too afraid to not vax. Then when he was about 2 , I was struck with the idea it was absurd to spank children. I decided not to spank and delayed some boosters. Then I got an education in Montessori education and decided I preferred it to public methods. When he was 3, I enrolled him in a Montessori preschool. It was around this time that I accidentally acquired a copy of Alfie Kohn's UP. I was hooked and became non punitive. I started reading more like minded parenting books. Then about a year ago, I was browsing a used book store in the magazine section, I came across a stack of Mothering magazines, mostly from the late 80s- 90s about 8 or 9 in all. I never heard of Mothering before that. The first one I flipped through had a full shot of baby being born on parents bed. That looked like a slice of heaven compared to what I went through. That was the start of my education in natural parenting. I left the bookstore that day with every one of those copies of Mothering and I read them all.
Now a days I do a few more crunchy things. The reason for my rambling is I want this forum and I want it crunchy.I am pulling away from the mainstream. I work in preschool and the things the children talk about and know about saddens me. I found a frog on the playground one day and pointed it out to them, several boys promptly tried to stomp it to death but I intervened. Once I pointed out a duck in the tree( it's near a small pond) the children yelled " it's in our tree, let's kill it and shoot it."
I'm sure many don't think I belong here and even though my child is long past the stage of all the baby ( or toddler or preschool) B's I still want to learn more about parenting, discipline, and especially more natural ways of health, cooking and nutrition.
Maybe there could be forums dedicated to questions or learning? I'm not sure if that would help cut back on some of the tension that's apparently been building or not. I would guess there are other parents here who want to start or continue learning and are not as far along on this journey but don't really fit in in either the mainstream box or the natural box.