We interviewed 3 influential & holistic Mumma tribe leaders who share their top holistic parenting tips & talk about the power of supportive community for mums.
I wasn’t prepared for the social isolation of being a first-time mum. Apart from a few visits from friends, I was left alone to stumble through the first months of motherhood without support or guidance.
Motherhood is tough enough without being isolated as well. And especially for those living in more rural areas, perhaps away from family, making and maintaining connections can be even tougher.
It takes a Tribe!
They say it takes a tribe to raise a child, yet we’ve lost this value in our modern day culture.
All new mums need the support of like-minded others who get what they’re going through and who’ve been through the phases themselves. Particularly for women who have moved away from mainstream thinking and are taking their families wellness more into their own hands, finding your tribe can be tricky!
In order to meet this need, many are finding their tribe online.
I SO enjoyed connecting with these beautiful women, and hope you enjoy ‘meeting’ them too 🙂
Crunchy Moms Group
Mandie Claire Crain is the founder of the Crunchy Moms Group which has over 24,000 members.
SS: Mandie what was your secret to creating such a supportive, positive & helpful group online in a world where there can often be so much judgment about differences of opinion, and towards people who want to make different choices to mainstream society?
MCC: I wanted a safe place where I was surrounded by like-minded people and those wanting to learn about the Crunchy lifestyle. I’m very passionate about learning, researching, and educating others. And it was important to me that others living this lifestyle had a safe place as well.
SS: Can you please explain to our readers, particularly those who might be new to the term – what exactly is a crunchy lifestyle?
MCC: In my opinion, a crunchy lifestyle is living as close to natural possible. Desiring a healthier life by avoiding chemicals and toxins, and eating healthy. Being aware of what goes on or in our bodies. And most importantly always open to new information. I believe what makes someone truly crunchy is their openness to learning and desire to research always.
SS: Great, so what’s the main focus of the group, and what are the kind of things you are learning about and supporting each other with, within the group?
MCC: The focus of the group is a safe place and gentle education. We talk about everything from car seat safety, vaccines & healthy food options to using fewer chemicals, and cloth diapers!
We don’t follow mainstream ideas so those new to the crunchy lifestyle may be surprised by things like bed-sharing, not using conventional birth control, baby-led-weaning, and not vaccinating.
Because these things are often seen as taboo in mainstream society we are able to support one another with these choices in the group.
SS: We live in a time where many are questioning and stepping away from what has been considered normal, a new paradigm perhaps. So many mums are living with isolation, whether physically, mentally emotionally or all of the above, often due to feeling a lack of connection to others around them, especially when it comes to different ways of parenting.
Similar groups to yours are rising up, perhaps due to increasing necessity. An example of this is mothers who feel isolated, bullied & even scared with the increase in government coercion towards the vaccination agenda.
What would you say to such mums?
MCC: I feel very strongly that where there is risk, there must be choice. When it comes to vaccines we aren’t given all the information beforehand. It’s just what you’re supposed to do.
But we are given risk vs benefit options on surgeries and given papers with medications, listing all possible side effects. So we should be given all information on every vaccine as well including possible adverse events, side effects, contraindications, and ingredients.
Because pro-vaccine propaganda is everywhere from hospitals and doctor offices to billboards, and even our own television sets I feel groups such as Crunchy Moms are so important to share the other side of that.
SS: Absolutely, and these groups seem to be broadening the horizons for women seeking options, support & resources and who are wanting to be free thinkers and make their own choices for their families.
Would you like to share some examples of how this happens within your group and how this has benefited your members?
MCC: We’ve had members tell us they never thought to research vaccines because they didn’t realize there was any risk or choice! Members have found the courage to nurse in public. They learn the benefits of waiting to start solids and do baby-led weaning and proper car seat safety. And they’ve come back to tell us how they were able to educate a friend or family member on these topics as well!
I feel it’s so important to have a gentle approach to these topics so that people are more receptive to the information instead of building walls.
SS: Great. So would you like to share some of the highlights you’ve experienced being an influential leader in such a group?
MCC: Seeing women seeking information to live healthier lives for themselves and families, and hearing how Crunchy Moms helped them to come to these decisions makes my heart so happy!
SS: Is there anything else you’d like to mention or feel is important to raise?
MCC: When I had my first two kids I didn’t have access to the internet like I do now. I had two baby books, and of course, the information in them was biased. I wish I had groups like Crunchy Moms when I was pregnant with my first.
My crunchy lifestyle has slowly evolved and still is as I do more research. I believe fully in know better, do better. Choices in the past may not have been the best, but we do what we can with the information we are given at the time.
I try not to dwell on choices I made in the past that I would do differently now, but instead, I chose to learn from them. It’s why I’m so passionate about gently educating others.
If you are interested in checking out the Crunchy Moms Group, it can be found here
And check out the Crunchy Moms Newsfeed Page too
Motherhood With a Crunch Group
Desirae Novaxorric is the founder of the Motherhood With a Crunch Group which has over 1,200 members.
HM: Desirae, you are the leader of the Motherhood With a Crunch Group which seems to have such a wonderfully supportive, positive & helpful spirit. What was your secret to creating such a group online?
DN: “Motherhood with a Crunch – Uncensored” was my first group, and to this day is my preferred group. We found that there were many women who wanted a more gentle environment to learn in so we came up with the idea of Motherhood with a Crunch.
My secret to keeping the group supportive, positive, and helpful would be my amazing admin team. These women are so gentle in educating others and have the utmost care in their heart. They keep the group drama free as well as lend a helping hand when needed, when others are requesting information.
All of us are also pretty good about making sure there’s no false information shared on the page.
To join this group you would have to answer three questions. This is in order to keep mainstream thinking out of the group.
SS: Okay, so what’s the main focus of the group, and what are the kind of things you’re learning about and supporting each other with, within the group?
DN: The main focus is to educate and empower women in a more natural way of living, pregnancy, birth and so forth. We help educate on the dangers of pharmaceuticals including vaccines, the dangers of infant circumcision cosmetic procedure, and on holistic healing, how to achieve a natural pregnancy and birth, clean eating, natural remedies, amongst various other natural-minded topics.
SS: Similar groups to yours are rising up, perhaps due to increasing necessity. An example of this is mothers who feel isolated, bullied & even scared with the increase in government coercion towards the vaccination agenda.
What would you say to mums who are questioning and stepping away from what has been considered normal, and might be feeling isolated, particularly due to feeling a lack of connection to others around them, especially when it comes to different ways of parenting?
DN: I would tell them if they have fear, they need to research more. We have rights and we have choices. If your country starts making laws that remove your rights, you have the choice to leave. There will always be an option to keep your family safe. The agenda pushing vaccine and pharmaceuticals as a whole is real and definitely something to research but not fear. Know how to handle the situation and your legal rights for where you live.
Also, I would suggest they join our virtual tribe of empowered women to find themselves surrounded by other like-minded parents to help them gain knowledge to deal with these situations.
Even the Men and Fathers are welcomed in Parenthood with a Crunch!
SS: Awesome! These groups seem to be broadening the horizons for women seeking options, support & resources and who are wanting to be free thinkers and make their own choices for their families.
Would you like to share some examples of how this happens within your group and how this has benefited your members?
DN: One example of this would be birth. Many women are unaware that they have the option to stay home and how normal this actually is. We share in the group, normalizing the natural birth process and help women feel empowered to stay home and avoid medical facilities because they are unnecessary in a majority of cases.
Another example would be instead of going to the doctor and using pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, steroids, or narcotics, we provide an abundant list of natural ways to treat and cure the ailment holistically.
SS: Wonderful. Would you like to share some of the highlights you have experienced being an influential leader in such a group?
DN: One of the greatest highlights for me is when a member messages me thanking me for the support that I gave them or information that was shared that help them improve their lives. I absolutely love watching mothers grow into the mother they desire to be and making healthy choices for their family.
SS: Beautiful. Anything else you’d like to mention?
I personally feel that we live in a time where mothers need to be brought back to the reality of what is actually natural and what’s necessary. It’s important that we don’t accept all choices and deem them all acceptable. There are good choices and there are bad choices and we should not just say a mom is trying so she’s doing good.
We need to be educating and empowering women on how to keep their family healthy as well as sharing with them the agendas that are being pressed in today’s time. Women should be informed of these conflict of interests.
I have a pretty wicked past that led me to a more so natural lifestyle. I used to live the opposite of natural. I was previously, before my children, a drug user who ran to the doctor for antibiotics anytime I didn’t want to deal with an illness. I also used to vaccinate my first two children.
I believed that my doctor went to school for this and that they’d know what’s best. When I found out that they don’t even learn about vaccines in college other than the schedule and a brief explanation of the illnesses history, it raised red flags and I dug deeper into my research.
I’ve always been a natural mother at heart, it just took me longer to find my way. When I got my girls vaccinated it would feel so wrong and it didn’t seem like that was okay. I did it because again, I trusted my doctor. A poor choice that many mothers often make.
I used to be very pro-vaccine and after doing diligent research there’s no way I will ever go back. What I learned about vaccines led me deeper into my desire to be a completely natural parent.
There came a time where I realized that I had a lot of knowledge that would be beneficial for other mothers and that’s when I decided to create Motherhood with a Crunch.
If mothers are looking for a place to learn a more natural way of living or feel empowered in their choices to live naturally, they should join us in Motherhood with a Crunch ❤
Click here to check out the page
Feel free to check out our sister groups as well! They’ll be linked at the top of the group page.
SS: You can also contact Desirae by emailing [email protected]
Crunchy Mums Group Australia
Belgin Sila Arslan is the founder of Crunchy Mums Group Australia which has over 2, 600 members
SS: So Belgin, how did you create such a wonderful & supportive group?
BSA: We have such a great group of supportive, positive, compassionate mums who love to help each other out and offer their knowledge and wisdom to each other. We want to protect our community and keep it safe as most of us already experience negativity from family, friends, medical staff and even strangers and that means deleting some people.
There are many other Facebook pages for gentle parenting, natural living, tox free living etc but we combine those elements plus more so it can be a big job to protect everyone.
It is well worth it though. The knowledge and experience in our group is fantastic. Many mums feel the group is their only support and they feel isolated in their real-life communities. A lot of the mums have even met in real life and formed friendships.
This keeps me motivated to facilitate a safe space.
SS: And what is the group’s focus?
BSA: We are a group just for mums to support each other, reassure and encourage each other, share our experiences and knowledge. We discuss things like chemical and toxin-free living. Some mums sell products. We share ideas about diet including non-GMO, non-processed, organic foods, alternatives to medications and mainstream treatments.
Our members contribute their experiences and some of their expertise in fields like chiropractic, naturopaths, health coaching, wellness consultant, aromatherapists etc. We do not claim to have all the answers and what people choose for their families is their choice and theirs alone.
SS: Great, so what are your tips for mums wanting to connect with like-minded others?
BSA: My top tips are to find a like-minded community. They are out there! Talk to other mums at coffee shops and parks. Look for groups who have even 1 of your values like outdoor play, sensory activities, music etc. You will be surprised who you meet.
It’s funny how people with common values gravitate to each other. Follow your instincts! I cannot stress this enough. Get second opinions, research and research some more! Mainstream fields are failing our society. We are sicker and unhappier. A shift needs to happen and it will start with the mothers of this world!
SS: Would you like to share some examples of how this happens within your group and how this has benefited your members?
BSA: We have had mums meet and start small groups for their kids to play. Some know each other through homeschooling groups or other parenting groups and they connect when they see each other on our group too!
We’ve seen mums succeed in pushing through breastfeeding issues, health issues like eczema and skin cancer, some have felt more confident to speak about their health decisions and even to share alternative treatment ideas with family members. Some mums have overcome issues with their children’s behavior and found hope again.
Support and sometimes just an outside perspective or friendly ear can change a mums life. Finding mums who stand with you is validating and empowering!
You can join Crunchy Mums Group Australia here