Well, it's not. Apparently there are many different kinds of "moms" out there and just like everything else, we love to put a label on them. In doing so, it helps us further continue to do what we, as women, do best which is judge each other.
And here I was thinking that you somehow procured a baby and became Mom. Silly me.
It wasn't until my first son was born that I realized that not only could you be a mom but you could be a "crunchy mom," an "attachment mom," a "slow mom," an "authoritative or authoritarian mom," a "nuturant mom" and so on and so forth.
I like to think that I'm a little bit of an "everything mom," kind of like a Renaissance Mom or the melting pot of moms so to speak. However with my latest purchase of an amber teething necklace that I realized I may be just a touch "crunchier" than I ever thought.
I imagine myself going down the proverbial "checklist" of The Crunchy Mom. I co-sleep. I babywear. I make my own organic baby food, I clean my house with vinegar-based chemicals and have plans to nurse my youngest, god-willing, for at least the first year of his life if not even a touch longer.
Don't worry though, you'll never see me on the cover of a magazine for nursing my nine year old.
But then what kind of mom am I that I diaper with disposables and drive a gas-guzzling SUV? Not to hate on any Prius-driving mamas out there but I just can't cram two kids, all the crap that comes with two kids and a one hundred pound Sheepdog into one of those suckers. Not to mention that I don't even own a pair of Birkenstocks and employ the use of chemical cleaners where vinegar-based products just don't cut it.
I also consistently leave the lights on in every room of the house long after I've left said room much to my husband's dismay.
Does that make me a Sometimes-Crunchy-But-Sometimes-Environment-Loathing Mom? Can I get a t-shirt made with that title?
As a parent I believe that it's near impossible to fit the cookie cutter image of one particular type of mom. After all, don't we each have the same end goal in sight? To raise civil, loving, well-mannered and well-adjusted kids?
With my first baby, I formula fed him, never wore him, had him sleeping in his bassinet by day ten of life and he managed to cut every single tooth in his mouth without the aid of an amber teething necklace and lived to tell about it.
That must mean that I am a Once-Reformed-Non-Crunchy-Mom-Who-Sometimes-Hates-The-Environment-But-Sometimes-Doesn't-And-Indulges-In-Semi-Crunchy-Mothering.
I'm sorry that just makes me laugh.
I'm a mom. I love my boys with every fiber of my being even though some days they drive me to drink. I reward my toddler with
processed Red #40 M&M's for good behavior but try to balance that out with an organic carrot or two. I'm just trying to do my best by them so they don't end up in therapy later in life.
Where's the label for that?