Thursday, June 2, 2011

Born this way? And I'm not talking about Lady GaGa...

Did I grab your attention?  I know, born this way, is a new Lady GaGa song or the name of her album or something of that nature...but I'm curious about a non-gaga topic.

Were you born into a crunchy or natural living household?  Were your parents peace loving John Lennon fans or were they anything but?  I want to know specifically, is there anyone you credit for your natural ways?

I came from a pretty normal set of parents, nothing fancy, in fact I don't remember us having most of the modern new-fangled conveniences most other families at the time had but if my parents could have afforded them we might have.  My mom was a lactation advocate and LaLeche League Leader.  I nursed until about age four, maybe beyond.  I was cloth diapered but had they been able to afford it they might have used disposables.  I'd say my parents were "hippie-ish" but not super natural, and less and less natural as I grew older.

I give my mom credit for my breastfeeding ways, because of my upbringing there were just no other alternatives to breastfeeding on my radar.  My mother never suggested cloth diapers to me, my parents never recycled, never grew their own food or bought organic.  We weren't a soda and Fruit Loops cereal household either but there were no real strides taken to lead a natural lifestyle.

So with this I wonder, were you raised by crunchy parents?  Were they into natural living at all?  And if not, how do you think the growing popularity of the "green movement" in today's society will impact our children and their children?  Surely they'll be a few shades greener then we are because of it.

I'd love to read your thoughts and who you credit, if anyone, for your natural ways!

Julie

6 comments:

Susan said...

I was born this way!! My parents were all-natural, home-grown-food, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, line-drying, recycling crunchy people!

I fully credit all of my desires to raise my children in a natural way to the way my parents raised me.

Interesting, though, my husband came from the opposite kind of family. It didn't take me long to convince him my way was better... He loves it too!

Misty said...

Not really. My family has always raised me to be open minded and accept that other people do things different ways and to be open to considering the alternative (why is it that they do it? Is there some merit to how they are thinking?). My grandfather does recycle most food products (egg shells, coffee grounds, and banana peels do NOT get thrown, they go into the marigold beds!), but thats really they most 'crunchy' our family was.

Because my family is pretty open to other ways of life, it wasn't a huge surprise when I told them that I had decided to cloth diaper. They've been more than willing to let me parent my way and only offer up advice when I ask. I really hope that I remember to act as such when my son is starting his family. :)

Irishmarmalade said...

My mom gave birth to all of her kids without drugs, in a birth center (in the 1980s), and we were all delivered by the same midwife. She breastfed all of us until age 2+. We co-slept. She wore us in slings while out hanging the laundry or tending the garden. The only one who wore paper was baby #4, for convenience I think. I can safely say that my mom was pretty "crunchy" when I was a young. I definitely credit her for raising me in such a way that many of those things come naturally to me. I hope can pass that sense of normalcy on to my own children.

Nicole said...

Yes, I blame my mother :) She was a hippie at heart, but unfortunately wasn't quite old enough to enjoy Woodstock. I was also cloth diapered as a baby, and when I was growing up my mother was a vegetarian, grew a lot of our own vegetables, and found creative ways to use scraps and recycled things. She still takes care to recycle and respect the environment, and she is very proud of me for cloth-diapering her grandkids.

Anonymous said...

I was definitely not brought up in a green/natural/crunchy lifestyle...

My parents don't recycle, didn't cd, didn't bf, anything of that nature.....my dads parents are a bit natural though. I am pretty sure if I learned anything from anybody in My family it was my granny and papa. They raise cattle to eat and bred and sell. They have chickens to lay eggs. They have a garden. Any scraps they have left over go to the chickens (veggie scraps like tips of squash, banana peels, etc) or dogs (meats and such)...

But in all honesty, i think most of what I learned about anything crunchy and natural, i learned from all these wonderful blogs on the interwebs!

Nicole said...

Forgot to say that my mother was also an early proponent of making-your-own-baby-food and extended breastfeeding - she weaned me at age 2.5 when she was pregnant with my little sister. She stuck it out with the youngest one until he was three years old. So my mother is one of the original crunchy, granola, birkenstock-wearing hippie moms :)

As for husbands, his parents are the complete opposite of mine, and he still thinks that it is better to buy diapers/formula/veggies, ect. instead of me spending the time and effort to make my own/use natural alternatives. He still isn't too happy about cloth diapering either, but he's not the one who does the laundry, so I dont let him complain! He does appreciate me saving money, but he doesnt care too much about recycling or helping our environment.

 
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