Sometimes I forget how crunchy we are. I mean, I write about holistic health almost every day, so on some level I understand that we lean pretty green and natural…but I also surround myself with a lot of writers who also tackle similar holistic topics. So in my online work life, I’m pretty average on the granola scale. I have friends putting out amazing fermentation books and DIY Organic Cleaning eBooks…..I mean….I don’t even have any backyard chickens.
In my defense we did plant a container garden over Christmas break. That scores me a few green points, right?
Lately my son has been saying some pretty funny things. To us his statements and questions are amusing but not unusual. However, he’s been overheard by more than one innocent bystander these last few months and it’s been clear from the giggles and eyebrow raises that his questions are a bit unusual. I imagine if you are reading this post, you probably have a crunchy kid of your own. Does your child bust out with organic commentary at the drop of the hat? If so, you may relate to these recent quotes from my 6 year old son. Here are 10 things kids of crunchy moms say! What can you add to this list?
10 Things Kids of Crunchy Moms Say
1: “Does this have GMOs in it?”
I get this question at least once a day. Even my 3 year old asks about GMOs. He doesn’t completely understand the concept yet (I bet he’s not alone on that!) but he knows he does NOT want to eat them, UNLESS he’s really, really mad at me in which case he usually asks” “I HOPE this has GMOs in it because I LOVE GMOs–I am going to eat them EVERY DAY.” Okay then, son, knock your GMO-self out.
2: “Are these eggs pasture-raised?”
I credit this question to good old fashioned marketing. My son pays attention when I’m debating about the 40 egg varieties at the store. He keeps pushing for a pet chicken but Dad will not go for it.
3: “At school I only PRETEND to use the hand sanitizer because I don’t want all those chemicals.”
It’s always comforting as a mother to find out that your son has been pretending to use the hand sanitizer at school for fear of all the “chemicals.” Especially when we are smack dab in the middle of cold and flu season. But he has a point. I’d much prefer he wash his hands with soap and water then use commercial hand sanitizers. But his school doesn’t allow the kids time to wash their hands before snack, opting to use hand sanitizer instead. So we sent him to school with our homemade version using a blend of witch hazel and essential oils. The lovely smell helped him convert his fellow students to homemade hand sanitizer users one at a time. If fact today he said we will need to make some more because the entire class prefers his sanitizer….his teacher included. WINNING!
4: “Mom, can you put oil on my feet?”
My kids know when the going gets rough in the health department, I break out the essential oils for our feet. It works for us even if we do get oil stains on the sheets in spite of our sock wearing. It’s a problem for our bed sheets, but we are healthy so we don’t care.
5:“I ate so much for dinner, can I have a digestive enzyme?”
If I have to hear about digestive enzymes one more time at dinner I might have to threaten never to serve lasagna again. My kids think the enzymes taste great, but they also know I only hand them out when they’ve eaten a meal that needs more digestive power (read: more than 4 bites of nothing).
6: “Are these strawberries organic? I don’t eat strawberries that aren’t organic.”
Yeah, I don’t eat conventional strawberries either. Those things are straight up scary.
7: “Today I want the cashew butter in my oatmeal. NOT the almond butter. I said cashew butter, please”
Another morning, another fight over what nut butter will grace their bowls of oatmeal. It’s a tough decision, I understand. Should you go for almond butter or cashew butter or get crazy with sunflower seed butter? Endless options.
8: “They use a lot of cleaning products with chemicals in it at school. We really need to teach them to make their own.”
One of the things I love about crunchy kids is that they know you can make homemade versions of a lot of things, including cleaning products. Once your home is free of common chemicals found in personal care products and cleaning products, kids get pretty sensitive to the smell of commercial products. Even my 3 year old is prone to walking into a newly cleaned store or classroom, scrunching up her nose and
yelling asking, “What DAT SMELL, Mama?”
9: “Does that almond milk have carrageenan in it?”
I literally choked on my coffee the other morning when my son made this statement. I had no idea he knew the word. My husband made the mistake of buying a brand of almond milk with carrageenan in it one day and my kids have apparently never forgotten. A mistake he will likely never make again!
10: “EVERYTHING on this farm is ORGANIC, Mom. They don’t spray ANY pesticides!”
We live in California where a lot of our food is grown, both conventionally and organically. When we drive past fields being sprayed by men in large white suits with face masks on, even children understand those chemicals probably aren’t healthy to eat. I’m both happy and sad my kids are aware of the 2 very different farming methods that exist in this country. I hope when my children have children we no longer spray our food with poison. But in the meantime, my son will be sure to check with every farm we visit about their farming practices. 🙂
Now I would love to hear from you? What do YOU hear from your crunchy kid? Tell me in the comments below!!!