Hi there…my first post. I will go intro myself in a bit, but I had to respond to this thread. My husband and I are crunchy in that we mostly AP with our kids, though we are not of the belief that a swat on the tush now and then is going to destroy them psychologically. We do extended nursing to age 3, co-sleeping, babywearing, no circumcision, and absolutely no CIO. Low to no pressure potty training. Once they are out of toddlerhood, we probably look to the outside world like standard parents, but the difference in our kids temperament and behavior from their early upbringing is so obvious. People comment on it without realizing where it comes from. When they ask, I will tell them, but I’ve found that AP seems very wierd to people so I don’t bring it up unless asked. That’s our crunchy side. You can see some of the conservative side in the spanking comment. We are politically and socially conservative, pro-life, in favor of protecting traditional marriage, and great supporters of our military. (DH was active duty Air Force for six years, and both our families have a long military history, including my aunt, who was one of the first female Chief Master Sergeants in the Navy!) We love a good steak, DH loves a good beer, and we believe that people should not have children unless they are in a stable and committed marriage and are willing to have one parent stay home to actually parent. We also think organic foods are one of the biggest scams on the planet, along with the idea that humans cause global warming. I’ve found we are an odd mix, because we don’t really seem to fit in with either the crunchies or the cons on everything. However, I have found being Catholic actually synthesizes the two quite well for me. The Church has always had great respect for nursing mothers and has repeatedly defended newborns against routine circumcision. And yet, it is also from the Church that I find support for our conservative family/social structure ideas too. I am currently pregnant with our fifth child, and boy do we turn heads out in public with our growing brood!