I wasn’t sure what to write about for today. With a giant hurricane bearing down on our friends and family all along the East Coast, Halloween costume choices and seasonal Count Chocula cereal seems trivial.
But then I got a note this morning from one of the regulars on our blog. She was letting me know that another regular had left our group because people were always so mean on the blog.
It makes me so sad that people don’t feel welcome on the blog unless they’re ready to duke it out or have a thick skin. We’ve talked in the past about people on the mom blog being meaner than the people on the sports blogs, and it’s just not right. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Moms and dads should be able to turn the blog for news about parenting and family life, a lively discussion and even support. They shouldn’t feel attacked just for commenting or afraid to comment.
I have been thinking about Hurricane Sandy and in my mind picturing images of people helping their neighbors during Hurricane Katrina. I hope the damage isn’t severe, FEMA does its job efficiently and that people are kind to each other during this crisis.
I also hope that maybe we can turn a new leaf and people also can be kind on the blog. Think twice before you zip off your snarky, oh so witty comment that you know will actually hurt someone’s feelings. Let’s stop all the negativity and be kind and supportive to our fellow parents. Rearing kids hard enough without parents being mean to each other.