Not to be flip about either issue. Drugs and bullying are serious problems and I’m glad we work to address them. I just wonder in 10 years from now, what society ill will we all ban together to quash?
But back to bullying, there’s been many high-profile deaths because of bullying in schools, talk about bullying in the workplace, and it’s hitting the blogosphere. Specifically the momblogosphere. I too am picking up my iTorch (so to speak) and taking a pledge against cyberbullying.
Basically it comes down to what Thumper said: “If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.” This doesn’t mean we only write about roses and rainbows, but it does mean we have to respect our differences.
I find that sometimes people think they’re being real or honest, when really they’re just being rude. I admit, I enjoy my tell-it-like-it-is personality, but I try to be very conscientious not to cross the line.
Since Mother’s Day is around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to show support for my fellow mamas. I’ve taken the pledge below and welcome you to too.
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.
*Update: OK so I had to edit this post after some thought. I will not bully other moms and I will uphold the other principles of the pledge, but I can’t do the integrity thing. It’s just not in me. I still enjoy fart jokes, poop stories and other things crass. And let’s be honest, there’s no integrity in that, but it’s me and that won’t change.