By Jamie Kenney/Posted at;romper.com
Six years in the mom game and I still don’t quite know what a “hippie mom” is. I guess I could base it on things I’ve done that have prompted others to tell me, “You’re such a hippie!” Those things, as far as I can see, are a set of principles that I believe help me lead an ethical, compassionate, and balanced life. These are values I want to pass on to my children, and the reasons I’m a hippie momoften boil down to just that: I want to make a better world and enriched life for my family.
In the past I’ve clearly articulated the things I want people to know about being “a hippie mom,” or have tried to adequately explain the obnoxious things I’ve heard as a hippie mom, but I’ve never delved into why actually being a hippie mom is important to me. Look, I’m not oblivious to the fact that hippies are often a bit of a cultural punchline, and I try to have a sense of humor about it. Our laid-back attitudes, offbeat beliefs, and sometimes interesting fashion choices canbe funny when viewed through certain lenses.
That’s not to say that we don’t have some valid points, good ideas, and shouldn’t be taken seriously, though. At the end of the day, any true hippie doesn’t just want a better world for her insular little group, but for everyone, and we’d love your help in making that possible. So with that in mind, here are just a few reasons why I’m a proud hippie mom:
Because Environmental Stewardship Is Important
I’m always sort of taken aback that this declaration still comes across as being “hippie” to many people, because I’m pretty sure the data is conclusive that we all live on Earth. I’d imagine it would make perfect sense to everyone that we should do our best to maintain a healthy, balanced environment, but yesterday I just saw a friend re-post a screed against electric cars on social media so, um, oh well?
Look, I am aware of my limitations in saving Mother Earth. I know my commitment to reducing, reusing, and recycling isn’t going to solve global warming. I’m also aware that some of my choices aren’t always the most environmentally friendly (I didn’t cloth diaper, for example, for a number of reasons), but not being able to do everything doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try to do what one can. Becoming a mother has really made me more of a “hippie” in this way, because it’s one thing to know that you’re pushing off a problem into a nebulous future, but it’s another thing to see (and love) the people you’re pushing it off on.
Because I Want My Kids To Love Nature
My family moved to “the country” recently and a part of that decision was based on our new home’s proximity to woods, state and national parks, and general greenery. I want me kids to be able to feel comfortable in the woods, getting a little dirty and gaining an appreciation for the different ecosytems and habitats they can observe. Adopting an overall hippie attitude, where we prioritize “communing with nature” is a good way to instill what I think is an important (and enriching) value….
Continued via… Source: 10 Reasons I’m A Hippie Mom & Not Even A Little Sorry, Man