Friday, August 19, 2011

the mom pledge

So, I've been writing again. I have drafts. I have posts scheduled. It's been good for me, I'm exercising my brain a little bit, re-discovering how to nurture my creative side. I'm ready for BlogHer '12 now!

Anyway, here's one of the things I came across a few times but never checked out until now:

The Mom Pledge

I am a proud to be a mom. I will conduct myself with integrity in all my online activities. I can lead by example.

I pledge to treat my fellow moms with respect. I will acknowledge that there is no one, "right" way to be a good Mom. Each woman makes the choices best for her family.

I believe a healthy dialogue on important issues is a good thing. I will welcome differing opinions when offered in a respectful, non-judgmental manner. And will treat those who do so in kind.

I stand up against cyber bullying. My online space reflects who I am and what I believe in. I will not tolerate comments that are rude, condescending or disrespectful.

I refuse to give those who attack a platform. I will remove their remarks with no mention or response. I can take control.

I want to see moms work together to build one another up, not tear each other down. Words can be used as weapons. I will not engage in that behavior.

I affirm that we are a community. As a member, I will strive to foster goodwill among moms. Together, we can make a difference.

I plan on doing my part to be the kind of person that my son looks up to, and the kind of mom he deserves.

But also, I'm posting this to remind myself that it is so easy, in our quest to do what we think is right for our kids and by our standards, to start thinking somebody else's parenting is "wrong". I'm a mom, and so is she, and we all need support, on- and offline.