When I left high school, it was with the hope that I had left the Mean Girls behind me forever. I had had enough of their withering stares and cutting comments. I was tired of feeling less than and looked down upon. I certainly didn’t want to spend the rest of my life guarding my back from the claws of the women around me.
But those Mean Girls? They’re alive and well and causing trouble—both across the blogosphere and in real life. Especially among moms.
The conflicts are many. Working moms vs. stay at home moms. Breastfeeding moms vs. formula feeding moms. Vaccinating moms vs. non-vaccinating moms. Public school-supporting moms vs. home schooling moms. Whatever the parenting issue, there are bound to be ardent supporters on either side of it—and Mean Moms trying to bully their opponents into their way of thinking.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve had just about enough of all that back biting and name calling and stone throwing.
I’m a full-time working mommy who formula-fed, vaccinates regularly and intends to send my child to public school. I have been known to let her cry it out. I found babywearing too hot to make a constant practice. I let her eat cake and non-organic french fries—and when she gets old enough, I’m sure we’ll eat our share of Happy Meals.
But that doesn’t mean that I think everyone should do it my way.
If you want to breastfeed your child till he’s five, feed him only chicken you’ve killed and butchered yourself and home school him until college, more power to you.
If you believe vaccines cause autism, well, I have no choice but to disagree with you, but I respect your point of view (and your decision not to vaccinate).
I don’t care if you stay at home or work five jobs. It’s none of my business whether you’re a Muslim, Catholic, or heck, even a Scientologist.
You’re a Mom. I’m a Mom. And on some level, we share all the same frustrations, joys and problems.
I’m always willing to lend a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on—as long as you’re willing to do the same.
I support you, and all the moms like you, all over the world.
That’s why I took The Mom Pledge. And you should too.
Together, we can make the blogosphere I nicer, friendlier, more supportive place.