As I read On Labels and Limits: Why I no longer call myself an attached parent by Happiest Mom, and then came across The Mom You Are is the Mom Your Children Need, also by the Happiest Mom, it got me thinking...
I am a good mom.
I love my kids, and they love me.
They look to me for guidance, respect, affection, and compassion.
I hope they always feel they get that.
I baby wear,
I buy mostly organic,
I do my best to find alternatives to most disposable items,
I cloth diaper,
My family eats a majority of whole foods,
We LOVE hand me downs and other thrifty finds,
We are avid craigslist-ers,
We heat our home with biofuel,
We keep our heat down,
We run our washer on cold,
and we air dry when possible (we do live in Maine, mind you)...
...That being said,
I have also bottle fed and formula fed both my babies in addition to nursing,
my kids also occasionally eat McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts,
we eat meat,
my kids only co-slept until they were both about 4 months old,
my son IS circumcised,
we do not wear organic clothing,
I buy sheets and other necessecities at stores by supporting stores like WalMart and Target,
my kids watch TV,
my husband drinks water out of disposable water bottles (even though it makes me shudder),
we run the dishwasher,
we take hot showers,
we probably let the water run to long,
I use disposable pads and tampons,
and regular baby wipes....
THERE. So if all this means I'm not a 'natural parent', or an 'attached parent', then I am ok with that.
Call me a-follow my childs lead-semi-organic-semi-natural-loving mommy.
Or you can just call me mommy, that's the best label I've ever had anyways :)