7 Truths About Hippie Moms

seven unfortunate truths about hippie moms

Have you ever bumped in to one of those hippie moms in the grocery store? You know the type: looking at organic produce, talking to her 4 year old daughter about saving the whales, and whining about GMOs? (Well, I just described myself, and I’m sure there are less obsessive hippie mommas out there, but I’m not one of them.) Have you ever had an absolutely awful experience with one? Something that tainted you forever against bell bottom wearing caretakers? Well, from the mouth of a self professed hippie mom, here are seven truths about hippie moms (that we usually won’t admit):

  1.  Sometimes, even we don’t like other hippie moms.

    Trust me, we get it. There’s nothing more annoying than someone interrupting you mid-sentence to condescendingly ask why your child isn’t in a toddler meditation class (or scream at you because you decided to vaccinate your kids, let them eat GMO ice cream on their birthday, etc). We just roll our eyes, chant mantras in our heads, and remember that killing people is frowned upon. Not all hippie moms suck, but the ones that do really suck, and we’re right there with you all of you non-hippie moms on that one.

  2. The grocery store makes us want to cry.

    If you happen to spot us in the grocery store with five pens in our hair and a look of desperation on our faces, it’s because we’re about 5 seconds away from a certified, 100 % organic meltdown. (Most) hippie moms have their families on an alternative diet, whether that’s vegetarian, waste-free, vegan, or GMO-free, we’ve learned quickly that the commercial grocery stores are not our friends. I highly suggest that you smile and walk on by, because if you actually ask what’s wrong, you might just get a thirty minutes explanation about how Monsanto is evil, everything is made by Monsanto, and we just don’t know what to do anymore.

  3. We create far more waste than we’re comfortable with.

    We are all about the recycling chant. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. And, most days,  we’ve got the last two steps down. However, kids are kids, and my hippie-mom-raised kid produces just as much trash as yours does (which does drive me crazy, just in case you were wondering). I promise, we know it just as much as you do; we just don’t like to discuss it.

  4. We lose our marbles (probably about as often as every other mom out there).

    Sometimes, on a Sunday morning, when Big Fit #3 hits before 10 a.m., not even a huge cup of tea, a bundle of burning sage, and a meditation soundtrack will save us. On those days, we’ll admit that we may or may not have debated whether or not we should just bash our heads against the wall until we knock some zen back into our bodies.

  5.  We might be, but our children are not zen. 

    No amount of meditation and no handful of crystals is going to stop our toddlers from letting the most minor things set them off. We may have gained clarity or control through our alternative practices, but we often forget that a significant amount of that came from emotional and physical development. (Personally, I’m more concerned about raising a polite, potty trained toddler than a prodigy, and the majority of hippie moms are too).

  6. We forget to take care of ourselves a lot.

    We could list off the various steps of a well-designed self-care routine faster than we can throw together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The problem is that we don’t always have time to follow through with those steps after we finish making that sandwich, cutting the crust off, and praying it doesn’t end up all over the white carpet that we can’t figure out why we bought.

  7. When given the choice between sleeping in and yoga, we often lie about choosing yoga.

    Mom’s gotta sleep when she’s gotta sleep, and considering how often we forget about every other personal need (see #5) we usually sometimes choose sleep over important, balancing exercise, and we’re probably going to lie to you, and everyone else, about it in hopes that if we act like we’ve got it together then we just might actually pull it off one day.

    (It’s actually eight, and I lied to you, but this is the most important one.)

  8.  We’re no different than any other mom out there. 

    There is no amount of meditation in the world (that I’ve experienced, anyway) that will change the fact that being a mom is the hardest job in the world, and we know that. At the end for the day, we don’t care about you raising your children as omnivores any more than you do about ours being vegetarians. We’re all just faking it till we make it and hoping that the kids turn out okay, and we need to stop worrying about looking down on the mom next to us and lift her up instead.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a hippie mom, a gym rat mom, a work-her-butt off mom, or an all of the above mom. You’re a mom, and you wake up every morning and do the hardest job in the world, so kudos to you!

8 Comments
  1. I love this! I was just talking to a friend about the balance of being a hippie (environmental anyway), and it was a similar discussion. We can’t hold each other to our own expectations. I hope that every person is doing SOMETHING to protect the environment, and their health. Some people think meatless Monday is too hippie for them, being a vegetarian seems insane. But maybe they could eat chicken on Mondays and stay away from pork and red meat? Some people only recycle their bottles and cans, when my friends and I recycle EVERYTHING we can. I grew up in Oregon, and now live in SoCal, there is no shortage of tree huggers in my circle. But I’m a fashionista, so I where I still might shop fast fashion, I do everything I can to make up for it in other ways. I don’t personally believe organic is better, and I have nothing against GMO, but I do believe in human treatment of animals and want my meat hormone free. It’s all about balance and what works for each household – at the end of the day, don’t pass judgement! Their journey is different than yours, maybe one day that friend that thinks your crazy for being vegan, will be a meatless Monday lover.

    1. Like everything in life, it’s all about the balance. You can’t push yourself too hard against expectations that are too rigid, but at the same time you want to push toward what you’re passionate about. Sometimes we just have to cut ourselves and each other some slack and enjoy the simple fact that we’re in the middle of a beautiful day on a beautiful planet living a wonderful life!

  2. Love the universal truth that all toddlers have melt downs in the grocery store! And I love how you ended this post, that no matter how one defines herself, we are all moms who are doing our best!

    1. I might throw more fits in the grocery story than my 4yo, if I’m being honest with you, but she has her share too! And amen to that! Every momma out there is absolutely rocking it!

  3. I like how you throw in that little brainwashing comment that hippie moms who do NOT vaccinate really do suck. Most “hippie” moms know how to read labels, including vaccine ingredients so to say we “suck” is pretty ignorant & insulting.

    1. Jane Doe,
      With all due respect, I feel you may have reacted to this a bit defensively, because I didn’t make any sort of brainwashing comment, nor did I make a derogatory comment about mothers who don’t vaccinate their children.

      The purpose of the only sentence in this article that actually mentions vaccines was to point out that it’s both insulting and annoying for a mom to criticize another’s choices. Whether someone vaccinates or does not isn’t an outsider’s business. The hippie moms I said “suck” are those that “scream at you because you decided to vaccinate your kids, let them eat GMO ice cream on their birthday, etc”. What I meant with that sentence was simply that yes, any mom that lectures another mom regarding their choices about their own child does suck. It was not a passive aggressive or slighting comment towards mothers who vaccinate their children or do not vaccinate their children. It was an observation that mothers who criticize other mothers for not sharing their ideals annoy everyone.

      If you’d like to discuss this further, I’d be more than happy to. You can email me at Madelynn@happyhippiehomemaker.com, and we can open up a dialogue about the way each of us felt about this particular line. Either way, I appreciate your input, and I hope I was able to clarify the intentions behind that particular sentence.

      Namaste.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.