Real Talk: Getting Trolled/Mommy Wars

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Once a month, I write a blog post for the Cedar Rapids Moms Blog. I love connecting with local moms, and have made some wonderful friendships by being a writer with them. You can see all the posts I’ve written for CRMB here. I’ve really learned a lot and have definitely seen an improvement in my writing.

I always enjoy when I get comments on my posts. For one, it confirms for me that people (besides my parents) actually read my writing. Two, it’s always been something complimentary or validating, and who doesn’t like a choir of people saying “Right on! I agree!”?

My latest post was titled “Four Hours with my Kids: A Working Mom’s Reality,” and I talked about the challenges of being a full-time working mom. Namely – only getting to spend limited time with my kids before and after work during the week. In it, I was honest, and said I enjoy working, but sometimes I feel guilty not wanting to be a stay at home mom.

When I saw I had received a comment on my post, I was excited to see what someone had written. Not thinking that my post might be controversial AT ALL, I eagerly read the response. It said:

“Sorry but you feel guilty, because someone else is raising your children! Being with your kids 4hours (sic) a day is not giving them what they need. You are thinking about yourself, that’s why you feel guilty. You are fooling yourself, trust me every child wants to be with their mom. Make a sacrifice for a few years until they are in school, you will never get that time back!” -Sandy

Whoa – talk about a gut punch. I didn’t even see it coming. Someone quickly came to the defense of all working moms and responded:

“Wow Sandy – you must have been one that was able to stay at home with your kids. Lucky you (note sarcasm). I myself am a working mom – because I want to and my husband is self-employed. Quite frankly, I don’t feel guilty about leaving my kids at daycare. I know they are learning more there than they ever would at home with me. Most importantly, they get to learn how to play and interact with other children – they aren’t stuck in the same four walls with me every day. My thought for you – if you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all. Hopefully your kids learned that when they were home with you…” -Lea Ann

Neither comment was very nice. And they both just further promoted what we know as “Mommy Wars.” Breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, SAHM vs. working mom, public vs. private school – and the list goes on.

I know “trolling” happens on blog posts and social media all the time. It’s hard to please everyone, nor should that be the goal. I didn’t take the post personally, and I don’t necessarily agree with everything Lea Ann voiced in her rebuttal, either. I have lots of friends who are SAHM’s and they love it and are wonderful at it.

But, we’re all moms. We all want what is best for our children, and what is best for our personal situations. Promoting or participating in “Mommy Wars” does no good – it just further divides us. I never expect that everyone will agree with my choices 100%. I can only support my fellow moms and write from my heart.

In my heart – being a working mom is me. And I’m proud of that. To quote from the post:

“I pray that they’re seeing first-hand that women can have a successful career and a family, and give them both her all. That they’re getting what they need from me, my husband, and the village that is helping us raise them.”

Let’s stop the mommy wars and band together to join team mom. Lord knows there are plenty of other conflicts and disagreements out in the world today….and I can’t think of a better team to promote love and understanding and support.

NaBloPoMo – Day 2

Today I’m writing from my in-law’s house in Fort Dodge, Iowa, drinking a G&T my father-in-law made for me. Strong & Deeeeelish! G, his brother & dad went hunting at 5 AM this morning, and my mother-in-law and I went to a bridal shower {at a much more reasonable hour} for G’s cousin’s future wife. Tonight we have G’s grandma’s 70th birthday fiesta! We’re having tacos and enchiladas, and all kinds of other yummy Mexican foods. I made my famous guac, too! Lots of family time, lots of little kiddos running around, and I can’t wait for dinner time tonight!

This morning I enjoyed a stroll through Target, with my first Starbucks Peppermint Mocha of the season, and scored some awesome deals. I mean it’s November 2nd, so Halloween stuff is 70% off–whoo!! You may remember my post from when I was forced bought into the idea of the Target Red Card. You know, the one where you save 5% every time use your card at Target. Well, when I got home with my three bags worth of “stuff”, I thought of an article I read a couple days ago called “11 Life Lessons You Get from Shopping at Target.” It hit REALLY close to home…..especially Number 1 and Number 5. You have to read the list; it is spot on for anyone who is an avid Target shopper like myself.

Last night I enjoyed looking up other NaBloPoMo blogs, getting ideas for my own blog and seeing who else was participating. You can see the blogroll here (I’m #953). I am excited to start following new blogs and hopefully gain some new followers myself. I want to improve my writing and make myself get into the habit of daily blogging. Thank you for joining me along the way and welcome to any new readers! Put a comment below if you are a fellow NaBloPoMo-er & I look forward to any suggestions you may have!

NaBloPoMo – Day 1

November has always been one of my favorite months! Fall is in full swing {hopefully snow stays away}, the holidays have begun, my mama’s birthday, and of course THANKSGIVING! Here, turkey, turkey!!!! This November I am excited to try participating in the NaBloPoMo challenge….which stands for National Blog Posting Month. It started with an event called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)–an event where over 200,000 writers commit to writing 50,000 words of fiction during the month of November. It is a kick-start project for working towards publishing a novel. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be an author, and writing a book is definitely on my long-term bucket list. But I’m not quite there yet. NaBloPoMo is for people like me who want a challenge, but aren’t ready to take the plunge in writing a full-out novel.

I’m not sure if I’ll make it the full month {although there is a prize at the end to work towards…an iPad mini to one lucky finisher!}, but I’m sure going to try. I hope you’ll join me for my daily post–which could be anything from a short story, poem, picture, or something else. I’ll also use some blog prompts from the NaBloPoMo writing prompts list and might even use ideas from some of my personal favorite bloggers.

I’m excited to see where this month’s project takes me!!! Happy Friday {and November 1st!} everyone!! Enjoy you weekend! Any suggestions on what I should write about this month?? I’ve got 30 days {well, 29 now!} to go!