Organic Parenting

This guest post was written by Victoria. She is a stay at home mom who is currently working on a project pertaining to Canada Facts and the Canadian Economy.

Everything organic is the rage right now, and the phenomenon has extended into the world of parenting. Organic parents claim that they have healthier, happier children, but what exactly does it entail? And is it any good for your child? This post will look at the ins and outs of organic parenting so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you can extend the organic lifestyle to your parenting strategy. Bear in mind that there are levels of dedication to the whole organic lifestyle, and they are not of the same ethos or intensity. Where possible, I’ve tried to show the extremes as well as the middle ground so that you can decide where you and your family fit in.

Let’s take a look at three key figures of organic parenting:

Food and Diet
Family Roles
A lifestyle choice

Food & Diet

Organic parents are committed to feeding their children the most natural, varied diet possible. This has some clear health benefits. Some baby foods on the market contain processed products, and if you have an older child, it is scary just how quickly they develop an attraction to unhealthy food. A diet that if higher in raw, healthier foods is obviously a clear solution to this. Introducing healthy foods at a young age is a great idea, and arguably the most important and positive aspect of organic parenting principles.

Family Roles

As the name suggests, organic parenting is a far more naturalized, ancient way of life. This involves a natural diet, and a more “tribal” system of raising children. Here, the mother still has the ultimate influence on her child, but every member of the family has a role to play in educating, entertaining, and helping the child to grow. This more detached system has been around for millennia and has many benefits – children learn respect, mass interaction can aid development and so on – but for many mothers a modern adaptation of this lifestyle is simply too much. Do you want other people raising your child? Although the tribe metaphor is limited by practical boundaries of modernity, the idea that a child is raised by a family is not all that foreign. Think carefully before you take this step.

A lifestyle choice

Like any parenting approach, the organic method of parenthood is likely to affect the lifestyle of your child as they become adults. Do you want them to live in this way? Always take care when making such big decisions.

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