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Holistic Moms Unite

Homeopathy. Natural child birth. Osteopathy. Charter schools. Home school. Whole foods. Positive parenting. Protecting the earth.

If you’re a mother and these words or phrases light your fire, you’re probably a proud “holistic mom.” Good news! Now, there’s a growing national network of holistic moms communicating with each other daily at Watch a video about the mindset here.

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posted October 25, 2006 at 7:05 pm

what about pizza hut :'(

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posted October 26, 2006 at 12:59 am

I was a “holistic mom” (and proud of it) 17 years ago. Midwife, late/no immunizations, homemade baby food, and, of course, breastfeeding. As a more mature parent now, I know that all moms want the best for their kids and strive to provide it as well as they can. Those who step out of the mainstream with dietary, medical, or schooling choices aren’t necessarily more conscious or skillful than other parents. (The video seemed to imply that they are.) Funny, too, that a video that would’ve been intensely interesting to me 17 years ago seemed a bit dull now. Having children is a big part of one’s life experience, but still only PART of one’s life experience. I like being on this side of child rearing. Sierra

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posted December 13, 2007 at 1:19 pm

I didn’t get the impression that the video was implying that “their” way of doing things made them more consciously aware/skillful than parents who choose the ‘norm’.
What I did get was a sense of comfort and much needed support for those parents who choose to raise their children on the ‘road less traveled’. A mainstream parent has boundless support options.
I recently started homeschooling my 6.5 year old Autistic son and we live in Oklahoma. Our support choices are extremely limited. The majority of the homeschooling population in this state do so due to religious beliefs. Guess who’s the oddball?? You guessed it! Being a ‘unique’, I’m not straying from the path I’ve choosen. My son GLOWS when we have school. Why? Because we don’t start until HE’S ready.
Who am I to judge someone else’s choices??? To each his own, right?
The bottom line is this… it’s not what you do, it’s HOW you do it!

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posted February 26, 2008 at 9:42 am

Adonya, it is absolutely essential to feel that you are not alone; you have found what is best for your child and you are right to feel empowered to do it regardless of others! But I perfectly understand Sierra’s sensibility too. I feel pretty strongly about practicing some of those holistic mom things (home birth, for starters), which over the years lead me to become very familiar with the natural mothering online communities, where the natural way is by and large considered the better way. There is a lot of demeaning talk of those other people who practice “detachment parenting” and carry their babies in “baby buckets” and let them “cry it out” and then “jail” them in playpens and feed them “gross” formula and follow mainstream medical practitioners like “sheeple” because they’re too indifferent or too uninformed to know any better… I’m not kidding you these are all actual phrases thrown around! By the way the phrase ‘positive parenting’ above is pretty judgmental in and of itself: what method do the rest of us use? Negative parenting? So I just want to caution anyone: do what’s right, but do it because it feels good, not for pride or because you feel the alternative is for those *other* people…

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