Winter/Spring 2017
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Welcoming the growth of Spring.  

It's that time of year again where we mark the celebration of all things feminine and new in the cycle of Spring. In the space of one short month we celebrate the Spring equinox, Mother's Day (UK) and Easter. Not forgetting, here in the Unconventional Family, we are gearing up to celebrate Ostara's second birthday. How time flies! Ostara is named after the Anglo-Saxon (Germanic) goddess of Spring which is traditionally spelt 'Oestre' and is closely related to the words 'Oestrogen' and 'Easter'.

At this time we celebrate renewal, fertility and all the new opportunities that lie ahead of us. For our family, this year looks to bring yet more cameras following our journey off-grid into a self-sustainable future.

Just as the cycle of the seasons take their time, so must we and this year we are beginning with the first year running our own allotment and learning how to preserve food so we can begin to reduce our reliance on our weekly food bill.

Whilst visiting our local comminty seed swap we managed to acquire new plum and hazelnut trees and, along with some cherry trees being gifted for Ostara's birthday, we hope to spend the Spring not only nurturing seedlings into vegetables but also planting out the orchard.


Plants aren't the only thing we are growing!

At the beginning of last year we all decided to start the year afresh with new, short haircuts; despite Ulysses not being a fan of cutting his hair, he agreed to give it a try. One year down the line we are now all re-growing our hair, and I mean all body hair!
Many tribal cultures do not cut their hair and do not view long hair as being feminine as we conventionally do in our western culture. They believe their past thoughts and emotions are stored in the hair and that it acts as a kind of sensory antenna to heighten your intuition and intelligence. Ultimately they believe the hair is a sacred and powerful asset to a person.
It is also interesting to note that inmates in a prison and soldiers in the military are all forced to shave their heads and not allowed to keep their hair long.

I have had long hair for the majority of my life and cut it short for the first time last year. When my hair was cut it felt as though my head had been wounded and my senses dulled somewhat. Since experiencing both long and short hair I most definitely agree with the observations of these tribal cultures.
Furthermore, since my early twenties, I have ceased wearing make-up as I didn't like the way it made my skin feel and do not wish to continually put toxic chemicals on my body or face.

It is part of our parenting mission to show our children that natural beauty and confidence comes from within and that self-worth cannot be obtained through conforming to a socially accepted image of beauty. Women especially are oftern shamed into hiding their natural body hair to appease other's sense of an acceptable appearance.

So here I am, laid bare...make-up less and with body hair in all it's natural, glory because I am no longer a pre-pubescent.
In any case, shaving and waxing are just far too inconvenient, painful and expensive...not to mention unsustainable when it comes to plastic, throw-away razors.


How crunchy is too crunchy for you?

Lately I noticed a post on one of the alternative mum pages I belong to which asked this question and it got me thinking. The answers ranged from not shaving, free birthing, lotus birthing, free bleeding, family cloth to living totally off-grid without technology.

On my Facebook page I'm often curious as to why some people who comment choose to close their minds to information and possibilities which conflict with their existing beliefs when those same people appear to have already undergone such great transformation and change due to opening themselves up to other new ways of doing things previously.

I have found that when I explore new and foreign concepts without judgement and without fear, a beautiful thing happens....whilst not every 'crunchy' concept works for me, I always learn something new and expand my consciousness.
To do this I find I must first become curious like a child which quietens judgement and the ego's self-righteousness.

A few things I tried which didn't work for me were: elimination communication and limiting screen time. I do however see how both of these things could be helpful for many families.
Other things which I have tried which I did integrate were: natural vision correction and natural dental care. As a consequence my family and I no longer visit an Optician or a Dentist despite personally having strong vision correction since I was 18 months of age.
And then there were things which I tried, liked but haven't yet fully integrated into my life, like going barefoot and eating raw and vegan.

So if you consider some parents to be too crunchy then why not try out something new that you believed you would never do.
Before you make your conclusions based on conceptual knowledge alone remember that wisdom is our greatest teacher and that can only come from direct experience.

If there are any 'crunchy' topics you would like to learn more about, visit my Facebook page linked below where you can also find a link to our new youtube channel 'offgridparentingtv'.
You can also now find 'theuncovnentionalparent' on Instagram.
Watch this space for future announcements of a book publication and further media/tv appearances.

💜 The Unconventional Parent
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