Monday, January 3, 2011

On Being AP vs. Being Crunchy

Pop Quiz Monday!

Parenting is a competitive sport. In almost any group of moms there is nearly always an undercurrent of contest.

When did your child talk? When did they read? How long did you nurse? How well do they eat? and on and on...

In honor of such contest, for pop quiz Monday I took the quiz, "How Crunchy Are You."

To be honest I was looking for a quiz that rated how "AP Are You?" Because that is my favorite competition evah. All the quizzes I found on this subject, however, were not really a rating of AP-ness, but rather how alternative you parented. As soon as you start asking about vax schedules, cloth diapering, and homeschooling you are no longer rating ap-edness.

Attachment Parenting has 8 ideals and not one of them is about whether you cloth or paper diaper, whether you use Hyland Teething tablets vs Tylenol, or whether you send your kid to preschool vs. homeschool them.

It is a personal pet peeve of mine when people relate all the above issues to being core to attachment parenting.

As it turns out I scored a solid 92 on the crunchy quiz, putting me in the "129-90 Mmm! Love that whole-grain crunch!" category. Which basically means I attachment parent, but am not a dirty hippie. (By the way I love some of my friends who are dirty hippies so this is said in the nicest way possible.)

I think I will save my non-vaxing rant for another day.

And in honor of competing moms, here is a video I created a few months ago on competitive birth.


  1. I was sprinkled with granola. I didn't like the breastfeeding questions; I guess "tried" or "wanted to but couldn't" doesn't really count :P

  2. Apparently my love of makeup and shoes puts me at the same level as you. I got a 117.