Recently on Facebook I started following a page called ‘End the Mommy Wars’ I joined it because, quite frankly, I am sick and tired of being bullied for the choices that I make as a Mom. Through this page I heard of ‘The Mom Pledge’ I have decided to take the pledge.
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 know my children learn from my attitudes and actions. I promise to model respectful, compassionate behavior. It starts with me.
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 defamatory, hateful or threatening.
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 know I am not perfect. But I also know that I am perfect for my kids. I have used different methods for each of my three children. Because, like every other child in the world, they are all different. I have co slept, taught my children to self soothe, baby wore, used baby led everything and encouraged a schedule. I formula feed my children, but my best friend plans to breastfeed and because of that I have educated myself on breastfeeding and learned how I can support her through that journey.
All Moms and Dads deserve to have support for their choices. Even if it’s not the choice we would make for ourselves.
Love, hugs and more to come later