I’m Corrie. I’m a stay-at-home mama to my three children, Eva (12), Alina (8), and Asher (5) and wife to my one husband, Rich. I have always had a curious mind and a fierce independent streak; I love to research and to gain new information and skills. I far prefer to learn how to do something myself than to have others do it for me, although on occasion I will choose the latter option too because everybody needs to cut themselves a little slack from time to time.
When asked in fifth grade what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said that I wanted to be happy. My teacher told me that was not an acceptable answer to put on my “All About Me” poster for Parent’s Night, so I put “psychologist” instead. I am of the firm belief that ten year-olds should not be asked to make long-term life decisions.
I completed PhD. programs in both clinical psychology and school psychology, which was enriching and absolutely exhausting, especially while simultaneously trying to manage a personal life and a growing family when I found myself to have a strong attachment parenting orientation. I decided after a while that my life may just be destined to unfold with sequential goals rather than simultaneous ones, so I shifted my focus to being home with my children during their younger years. That choice seemed all the more critical as life tossed curve balls our way in the form of 166 days of complete bed rest during my third pregnancy, and my rare cancer diagnosis the following year, among other adventures.
Whatever life has given to me I continue to find myself drawn to hands-on, creative learning and experiences; to questioning the choices that I make as a parent and finding where I may fall on the continuum between lemming and free spirit on any given issue. I love to craft, cook, support health, and try to be a mindful individual and parent. I recognize that despite the most rigorous research, the most conscious decision making, and the greatest trust in the Universe, life sometimes just doesn’t shake out the way that one might envision. That doesn’t stop me from trying, but it does humble the heck out of me sometimes. Case in point, I originally started this blog back in 2007, but it went on an extended sabbatical after life showed us that although we can try to make plans, ultimately we do not call the shots. It threw us for some loops, but we’re still hanging on and ready to continue sharing the story of us with those who visit CrunchyParent.com. More about that here.
I think that every parent, at any stage in their journey be it pregnancy, infancy, childhood, tweens, teens, etc. finds themselves looking for information and answers to help them meet their child’s needs for health, growth, learning, and happiness. I know that in my case I have read countless books and articles, talked with many parents, spent hours upon hours online and in parenting forums, and a near decade in graduate school focused on advanced degrees centered around children’s development, learning, and emotional and mental health. Each bit of information is a data point that informs choices, but without context it can be difficult to figure out how to apply all of the information to your own life. It’s one thing to agree that toxic sunscreen or shampoo, genetically modified food, and thousands of hours of screen time are bad for children; and outside time, gentle parenting, and probiotics are good, but if you don’t know how to fold the good into your own family’s life and phase out or temper some of the bad, the knowledge alone isn’t going to do much for you or for your kids. That’s my intention for this blog; we are a real family with a real life. It’s not all about data and theory, it’s about how that information mixes with 12+ years parenting my children with a natural living approach, and comes out in our day-to-day. In addition, it’s not all about the kids either. Being a parent (and being crunchy) impacts every aspect of my life, but it is not all of who I am. That will be evident here too.
I can talk for hours about breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, cooking for individuals with food allergies, juicing, gardening, CSAs, toxin-free home and personal care, crunchy-friendly subscription boxes, water birth, foraging, craft, food, plant, or seed swaps, canning, preserving, herbalism, Waldorf education, media-free parenting, natural toys, natural crafting, fermenting, frugality, sustainability, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes I just run out of people to discuss all of this with, so I’m going to do it here and hope that my crunchy, crafty, curious tribe will find their way to me, giving me an excuse to indulge all of my passions and interests.
If you would like to know a little bit more about what I think a “crunchy” parent is, please read more here. I hope that you can find some connection to yourself or your interests in these pages. I am open to thoughts and suggestions and I love to be educated. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter, You Tube, or Pinterest.
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