How to be a “Crunchy” Mom: In 14 Easy Steps.

If you find yourself wanting to be more “crunchy”, like that friend you have, then please continue reading. Being crunchy or what I like to call granola, is the new cool. Every mom is doing it, so should you. No one wants to be just a normal mom. These days, you need a label in order to be accepted by society.

So here are some things you must do in order for people to truly believe that you are indeed granola.


1. Organic.

You must use this word in every sentence when you are discussing food. All Natural – that don’t cut it. Must be organic. From farm to table. In fact, try to mention that you have your own chickens who lay all of your eggs. Oh, and they roam free. No cage. Make sure that’s said.

2. Cloth diapers.

They are your only option. You cannot use disposable diapers, they contain chemicals that will, for a fact, make your child’s butt fall off. Only the finest cloths shall grace your babe’s sweet tush. Only the best for your child’s poop.

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(This poor baby just wants to be in a cloth diaper. The chemicals…… he hates them. Don’t let this be your baby.)

3. Vaccinations.

HELL NO! You scream this. Your child is no lab rat. Plus, they eat only organic foods……. so they will never be ill.

4. Coconut oil.

It’s the cure for all things. Your kid falls down and scrapes a knee? Coconut oil.

Diaper rash? Coconut oil.

Does he have a cough? Cook his only organic foods in coconut oil, that will fix him.

Did Billy cut his finger off with a gardening tool? (You have a garden by the way- definitely a must for organic foods. If you don’t have one, plant one. Today.) Dip the severed appendage in some coconut oil, he’ll be fine.

Coconut oil is your only medication.

5. Snacks.

Since no one has invented an organic Oreo yet (Newman O’s, but come on now, that’s no Oreo), your child must eat things like black bean tortilla chips, veggie straws that taste like packing foam and dried kale chips for his snack at school.

It’s pizza day you say?…. No Billy. It’s organic quinoa day

Your mom is granola now.

6. Family Bed.

You only thought sleeping was something you did alone or only with your husband. No no. In a granola household we share our “family bed”, because even though you stay home full time with your children, (another granola must) you feel the need to see them when you sleep too. Getting good rest at night would make you a poor mother. You love being tired every day of your life.

7. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

What is a bottle?…..

You exclusively breastfeed and you must make this well known in every way possible. #Ebf is an easy hashtag that does the job. Post this. On everything.

You post a picture of your twelve-year-old son at his baseball game? Hashtag it. #breastfedbabiesmakethebestballplayers #exclusivelybreastfedandbeautiful  #burnallthebabybottles #ebf

Studies show that most breastfed babies will turn into beautiful adults. Take this young man for example.

Most women find him easy on the eyes. Why is that you ask? Because he was breastfed.

For many, many years. Clearly.

No, you would never feed your precious offspring formula. They would probably end up having to be held back in school if they drank that nasty concoction. It contains deadly chemicals. What are you…… an animal?!

8. Baby Wearing.

Ergo, Bjorn, Moby Wrap and whatever other carrier you can find, buy them. Buy them all. Crunchy moms don’t use strollers. Strollers are for lazy mothers who don’t want to bond with their children. Some moms want to put their babies in a stroller so they can shop in peace, but not you. You must be touching your baby at all times. Skin to skin, cheek to cheek.

9. Plastic.

You hate plastic. You do not store food in plastic, only glass containers. Your kids can only play with wooden toys. No plastic. Anything plastic must be hauled out to the backyard and burned immediately.

Unless it’s BPA-free, then you’ll consider it……. but would prefer glass or wood.

(Example of child’s wooden play-toy. See…… doesn’t that look fun?)

10. Essential Oils.

Does your child have a cough? There’s an oil for that!

Did your daughter burn her finger on your hair straightener? There’s an oil for that!

Is your toddler throwing tantrum after tantrum? I’m sure there’s an oil for that!

11. Home school.

This is strongly encouraged because statistics show that if your children attend public schools they will become pregnant, hooked on drugs or die of an incurable disease. It’s fact.

12. Spanking.

You shouldn’t. Reading your children poetry about kindness and peoples’ inner souls should be the only form of punishment in your home.

Some moms, depending on their level of crunchiness, accept the method of “time-out”. However, the chair must be decorated or painted, it needs to look inviting……. you would never want your kids to think they are actually being punished. See below.

For more painted “time-out” chair ideas, click here.

13. Natural birth.

I feel like this is a given. You must birth your child sans medication. And you must act like you love it. You LOVED pushing an eight-pound baby out of your lady parts and wished you could birth a baby every day!

Also, when you do give birth it must be documented. Many pictures must be taken of you in a tub, a video must be professionally-made accompanied by music and you should absolutely post all of these on Facebook. The more people who see them, the better.

You should also consider writing a musical based off your natural birth.

14. Television.

You no longer own a television. It’s evil and full of sins. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse? Your kids don’t watch that crap. To teach your children skills you use flash cards, things from nature (i.e. counting rocks, leaves, animals) you do not rely on an annoying mouse to play mother to your children.

When a friend mentions that her adorable tot is obsessed with Mickey, you must say, “Mickey Mouse? We don’t watch Mickey Mouse. We like to mold minds in our household, not melt them.”

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To your kids, Mickey is like Santa. He’s make believe and only lives in Disneyland.

Welp, that just about covers it. There are many more things one could do to appear granola, but these are definitely the most important.

One love. (Say that often.)

– Until the next time this redhead rambles.


Disclaimer: Since you’ve made it to the end of this article, I should be honest with you…. I have said, done, or thought about doing over half of the things on this list. I myself have been deemed pretty “crunchy” on countless occasions, so let’s not get our feelings hurt. Consider this me making fun of myself, this entire piece is dripping in sarcasm. I’m not one for mommy-labels, hence why I am making light of it.

(I highly discourage anyone from saying anything that I have stated above if you wish to keep your friends.)


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I'm Jenn... A blunt, redheaded mommy who likes to look at motherhood in a slightly different way. This blog consists of stories of how I survive my job as a SAHM, a job that I love. I tend to like sarcasm served hot with a fresh side of dry humor. Because who really likes to take life so seriously?

17 Comments on How to be a “Crunchy” Mom: In 14 Easy Steps.

  1. Jenn, I enjoyed every word, Probably we all try some of the stuff on the list, at least to say we’ve try, but ever-since, sarcasm and humor is what is keeping us (me for sure) from going down and deep on the “crazy road” to madness land…

  2. Hilarious! I mean, I’m sure we’re all guilty of a little crunchiness in certain ways now and then, but so glad not everyone is stuck in granola-land and humor still exists in the world! LOL

    • Thanks, Rickie 🙂 I’m guilty of A LOT of crunchiness, but that’s good! To each their own! I couldn’t survive each day without finding humor in everything 😉 glad you enjoyed.

  3. Yes!!!! And I am sure you cringe before reading comments because someone who doesn’t understand sarcasm is sure to get their panties in a bundle! – but I love it! – crunchy mom!

    • Haha! Surprisingly, I have only had two people ever say anything negative about this article! But yes, there is always the lingering question of “who am I ticking off today?…” 🙂 Never my intention, of course! Thanks so much for the kind words and for sharing my article. I greatly appreciate it!

  4. I’ll have you know that Baby Bjorns are no longer crunchy-approved. You might as well not even wear your child at all. It’s an excuse for a wrap, it’s a sling and it’s unacceptable. With that being said, both of my boys are/were #ebf and are closet iPad addicts. Crap. I outed them. I’m failing as a mom.

  5. My favorite is the natural birth one, because yes, you must absolutely document it for the world to see with all matter of electronics and then post it everywhere for said world to see that you did it, but your birthed child may never turn on a screen until he is 12.
    I could be accused of all of these…. except essential oils… caffeine and Popsicles fix everything in this house…

    Spot on article and I appreciate the humor. We all know it’s a crazy mommy world out there, so thanks for the list and an efficient way for making fun of ourselves 😉 {again}

  6. my kids are 20 & 14 and I still feel guilty that I didn’t #ebf….. I actually hid formula in my shopping cart once when I ran into a ‘crunchier’ mom at the grocery store…. but it was under the organic lettuce so all good –

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