Top 10 Ways to Know You Are a Natural Parent

Written by NPN_Admin on March 8th, 2011

Attachment Parenting, Parenting Philosophies
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Welcome to the March Carnival of Natural Parenting: Natural Parenting Top 10 Lists

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared Top 10 lists on a wide variety of aspects of attachment parenting and natural living. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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We know this has been done before,1 you can even take quizzes to see how “natural” you are,2 but we thought it would be fun to ask our readers some ways to tell that you are a natural parent.3 Below are some of their responses.4

Top 10 Ways to Know You Are a Natural Parent

  1. Contrary to popular belief, you do not think that McDonald’s is a place for eating or that Wal-mart is a place for shopping.
  2. Breastmilk is used as the first line of defense for many maladies: earache, eye infection, cold, etc.
  3. Not a single processed “nugget” item can be found in your freezer.
  4. Your mother-in-law offers to buy your little one a crib – and you decline – for the umpteenth time (note: your baby is now approaching the two year mark).
  5. You have no idea what is on the baby aisle at your local store, since you rarely (if ever) had to visit it.
  6. Your toddler offers your breast to a random crying child (and you secretly wish you could nurse him).
  7. When someone in your family has a scrape or a bruise, you have a selection of medicinal plants to select from to aid the healing, but not a single tube of Neosporin in the house.
  8. You refuse to alter, inject, or otherwise change your child’s body in any way without knowing more about the procedure than the doctors who will perform it.
  9. Your children own almost as many slings for their babies as you do for yours.
  10. Your older child knows how babies are born – because they’ve seen it themselves.

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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  1. By Mama Eve, for example, one of NPN’s fabulous editors!
  2. Ok, it’s actually how “crunchy” you are, but it’s basically the same thing.
  3. Many thanks to the readers of Natural Parents Network, Code Name: Mama, and Hobo Mama for their contributions to this list.
  4. Keep in mind that some of these are tongue in cheek, and as with any article on NPN, it comes with the disclaimer that we embrace you no matter where you are in your natural parenting journey. Whether 1 or all 10 of these resonate with you, you are welcome here.

25 Responses to Top 10 Ways to Know You Are a Natural Parent

  1. Lauren  

    We should make this a quiz like in a magazine so people can see where on the scale they fall: Über-Crunchmeister to Mainstream Slacker. ;) I’d be somewhere in the middle (we were just at Walmart yesterday — gasp!), but this list made me laugh! I do sometimes wonder what the point of the baby aisle is…

    • Amy  

      It is interesting how we define certain parenting philosophies, isn’t it?

      I identify with natural parenting because as I’ve stripped down what parenting means to me and so many of the practices feel easy… natural. Like breastfeeding, elimination communication and eating fresh, local foods as much as possible.

      For others it seems it is about certain practices feeling right in other ways. It’s fun to see what motivates us to define who we are as parents. :)

  2. Terri  

    Love this list – fun and I can relate to all of them! I laughed out loud at number 4 – my MIL called me every week during my first pregnancy to offer us a crib!
    Oh and number 6…I have a friend who is now using formula for her 4mo and returning to work, she’d asked me a while ago if I would look after him for a couple of mornings. She no longer needs me now and I’m secretly glad because I’d be so tempted to breastfeed him if he was upset!!

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