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Monday, March 14, 2011

Goodwill Among Moms

It was either Facebook or Twitter where I first learned about The Mom Pledge. Either way, I am all about it and I hope you will be too.

Being a mom is the hardest job I have ever had and I need all the support I can get and I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's honest. Let's whine, complain, cry on each other’s shoulders, offer advice and then tell one another to put on our big girl pants and get over it.

For the most part I have had nothing but positive interactions, made meaningful connections with other moms and truly value the relationships I'm building through Letters For Lucas and other social media outlets.

I have been the victim of negative anonymous comments on my blog and it was very disheartening.

It's easy to let our words get the best of us, but life is too short to try and keep up with the Joneses, put each other down or hide behind our computer screens.

The Mom Pledge is about bloggers standing up, speaking out, and coming together to eradicate online bullying of moms by other moms. The time has come for us to take the power back and own this issue.

The Mom Pledge

I am a proud Mommy Blogger. I will conduct myself with integrity in all my blogging 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 online bullying. My blog is my space. 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 from my blog 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 have committed to the principles of The Mom Pledge because I believe that it is important to be supportive and respectful to each other. If you do too, please visit:

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Blogger The Mom Pledge said...

Thank you so much for taking The Pledge. I, too, have had nothing but positive interactions. But the things I have seen written on blogs and social media sites make me cringe. There's simply no place for that kind of thing. So let's stand together and say, "Enough!"

March 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Kelley said...

What an awesome idea! It boggles my mind that others think it is okay to be ugly & rude to others anywhere, but especially in the blogosphere. Thanks for spreading the word about The Mom Pledge!

March 14, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Carri said...

I just recently heard about this (and I mean recently... as in a few days ago) and thought it was such a great idea. We should be standing together and helping each other, bouncing ideas and helping each other grow, not tearing each other down.
I'm lucky in that I haven't experienced this but one time (anonymous commenter, of course). I'm off to check out the Mom Pledge!

March 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

I had heard of this but didn't know what it was.
It's s great idea.
I just don't understand what kind of enjoyment one could get from putting others down.

March 14, 2011 at 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Dominique said...

That's a great idea ..taking a pledge.. good on you for not succumbing to negativity brought about by those who enjoy "ill treating" others.

March 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I'm sorry that you had some negative anonymous comments on your blog. The Mom Pledge is a great idea and I hope that it helps stop the online bullying.

March 14, 2011 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I think this is a great idea and just committed to it the other day too. Hopefully we can both avoid the nastiness that so many others have experienced.

March 15, 2011 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger alicia said...

Fabulous idea. Sounds "good" to me all around. There is too much bullying in our society and it doesn't just afflict kids. I have also had some negative anonymous comments. I guess if you want to have a differing opinion, don't hide behind an anonymous name.

March 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

If I was a mom, then I would certainly sign The Mom Pledge too!

March 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM  

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