Let’s just have some fun!
Each of us has our own way of being and doing things, and that’s cool! But sometimes it’s fun to find your tribe — the people who don’t think you’re crazy when you do you. That’s what this is about, finding that tribe.
So what kind of crunchy mama are you?
What Kind of Crunchy Mama are You?
Keep track of your letters…and how many you get of each. The quiz is scored by seeing which letter you pick most often!
Question #1: How important is it to make natural choices?
A: Very important. Choosing natural is a top priority in almost everything.
B: Pretty important, but still learning what is really natural or best.
C: Important for some things, but not everything. It depends.
D: Not important. I prefer what works best, and it doesn’t matter if it’s “natural” or not.
Question #2: Where do you have your babies?
A: At home, of course. Unassisted or with minimal assistance.
B: Home birth with a midwife or in a birth center.
C: Trying for a natural birth in the hospital, but won’t be upset if I take the drugs — we’ll see how it goes.
D: Give me the drugs! I’m fine with non-medical induction and c-section too.
Question #3: How do you feel about breastfeeding?
A: It’s super important, and should continue until baby chooses to self-wean. If I couldn’t breastfeed, I would seek out donor milk or make homemade formula.
B: Pretty important for the first couple of years. If I couldn’t breastfeed, I would use store-bought organic formula.
C: Important, but not make-or-break. I would prefer to breastfeed, and would use store-bought regular formula if I couldn’t.
D: Doesn’t matter, mom can feed baby however she wants. There are no significant long-term differences between breastfeeding and formula feeding.
Question #4: How do you feel about organic food?
A: We buy organic exclusively or as much as possible, or food that is grown using organic standards. We grow our own if we can.
B: I prefer to buy organic food as much as I can, but it’s not a must for me.
C: I buy some organic, but won’t go out of my way, especially if it is more expensive.
D: I don’t buy organic. There’s no proof that it’s nutritionally better and it may be kind of a scam.
Question #5: Do you get vaccines?
A: Absolutely not, they’re dangerous and we would never.
B: I’m on the fence about this, but lean against most vaccines.
C: I think the schedule is a little aggressive, but vaccines are generally a good thing and I think most are needed.
D: Vaccines are safe and effective and should be mandated.
Question #6: How do you feel about circumcision?
A: Absolutely against it. It’s genital mutilation and a human rights issue.
B: Leaning against, but still on the fence about it.
C: It’s a parent’s choice.
D: Most boys should be circumcised, because it’s healthier and cleaner.
Question #7: Do you do cloth diapers?
A: Of course, it’s the healthiest and most cost-effective choice.
B: Sometimes, or I want to. We do some natural disposables on the go or if we’re really busy.
C: No, although I thought about it. We use disposables, sometimes natural ones if we can afford.
D: No, they’re unsanitary. Regular disposables are just fine.
Question #8: How do you feel about co-sleeping and cry-it-out?
A: Co-sleeping is the only way I’d do things, until or unless my child no longer wanted to. We have a family bed or room for years. I’d never let my baby cry-it-out, either.
B: I’d like to, at least for the first several months. I would prefer to avoid CIO, especially in the first year.
C: I’m into room-sharing for the first several months, but I don’t know if I’d ever bedshare. I may use CIO after the first several months to encourage sleeping, but a “controlled crying” kind, not completely ignore the baby.
D: Co-sleeping is dangerous, and babies should be sleeping in their own beds and rooms as soon as possible. CIO is necessary from a young age to teach babies to self-soothe.
Question #9: How do you treat illnesses, in general?
A: At home almost always, with herbs and other natural remedies. Mainstream medicine is only for extreme emergencies.
B: I try to use natural remedies, but I’m not super familiar with them. If my child is very uncomfortable, I will definitely use conventional options.
C: I’m okay with natural remedies for minor things, like sniffles or a tummyache, but real illnesses I usually go to the doctor.
D: I call the doctor or use real medicine. Natural remedies don’t work.
Question #10: How do you clean your home?
A: With mostly baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, and other natural things. I make some of my own cleaners.
B: I buy store-bought natural cleaners when I can.
C: I use some natural options, but I’m not afraid to pull out the “big guns” to make sure my home is sanitized.
D: I use whatever is readily available at the store. It’s important to use chemical cleaners to ensure that a home is truly clean.
Question #11: How do or will you educate your kids?
A: Homeschooling/unschooling all the way! I may consider a school if it were Sudbury or Montessori, but most likely homeschooling.
B: I’m not sure, but I’m exploring Montessori, Waldorf, and homeschooling as possibilities.
C: I think the public schools have some issues, but my kids will probably go there.
D: Public school, for sure. It’s the best and most affordable option for most families.
Question #12: How do you feel about discipline?
A: Gentle discipline all the way. We use time-ins, firm boundaries that are lovingly enforced. We would never use any sort of physical discipline.
B: I would like to do more positive parenting, but I’m not sure it always works and I don’t always know what to do.
C: Positive discipline works for some kids, but not others. Some kids need to be spanked now and then.
D: The current generation is much more disrespectful and entitled because they haven’t been given firm boundaries and weren’t spanked for crossing them. I will definitely spank my children when they need it.
Mostly A’s: The Ultra Crunch
Come on — even before you took the quiz, you knew. You’re into all the crunchy things, and you have been for awhile. Maybe you grew up crunchy, or maybe you discovered it early in adulthood. Either way, it’s just how you do life. There’s not a lot that surprises you or that you wouldn’t do in the natural world.
Mostly B’s: Crunch-In-Training
A crunchy lifestyle is newer to you, and sometimes still surprises or worries you, but you’re interested — and ready to learn more. Maybe not everything is for you, but you’re pretty into most of it.
Mostly C’s: Kinda Crunchy
You walk an interesting line — you like a few crunchy things, but you’re not sold on this whole lifestyle. You’d prefer to pick and choose, doing what works for you, but you definitely don’t reject the mainstream ways, either. You see balance as more important than being natural.
Mostly D’s: The Anti-Crunch
Let’s face it — you’re not crunchy. In fact, in most regards, you’re pretty opposed to a lot of crunchy practices. Maybe you do one or two natural-ish things, but you don’t find it at all important and think some crunchy people are kind of crazy.
Now you’ve found your tribe! Whatever you are, and whatever decisions you make, are yours. But now you know where you fit and which other moms might be like you — and who won’t think you’re crazy for being who you are. 🙂