I was recently in a Facebook group created by ladies in the town in which we were living called Crunchy Mamas. I was excited to join this group to ask questions, get suggestions, and have local support from ladies near me that had the same ideas and values as I did. I quickly found, however, that many of the mothers involved in the site, especially the ones running it, had strong opinions about raising children…and if you didn’t agree with these opinions, you were either criticized, talked down to, or kicked out of the group. The very young mother who had started the group clearly has much pride for it and likes to keep close control over everything posted. When a mother asked a question about something that may have caused friction, this girl was quick to remind every one that she had the power to remove anyone from the group if she wasn’t happy with their response.
Apart from the politics of the site, what was most disappointing to me was the fact that the group of mothers that I had been so eager to join for support were in fact the most unsupportive and disrespectful group of parents I could have imagined. I know that certain parenting methods can be somewhat controversial, but I had never actually experienced people’s brutal opinions until this Facebook group.
In my mind, how other parents choose to raise their children is of no concern to me. My husband and I, before we were even pregnant with our first child, discussed the important values and beliefs that we felt were vital in the bringing up of our children. We wanted to make sure that we were each on the same page and had each other’s back for the important aspects of creating a decent human. Unfortunately, conversations like these don’t always take place. I truly believe that is why there has been such a rise in divorces after children and single parents.