In so many ways, and to no one's surprise, the internet has changed our world. However, this change isn't without its dark sides, and sometimes being so connected to so many people isn't all it's cracked up to be. When I choose to share my ideas, thoughts, opinions, and essentially my life with people via the internet, I know there's a chance someone will say something unkind in response. Thankfully, that's also usually when a hero comes to my defense. When that happens, there are so many things I want the mom who stood up for me in the comment section to know.
I love a healthy debate and I am happy to chat with others about emotionally-charged subjects. However, there are some commentators who seem to consistently forget that there is a real person behind the screen. So, when it gets personal or heated, I just love those moms who rush to my defense by sharing their own stories and opinions. It makes me feel supported, validated, empowered, and like I truly am of a sisterhood.
I love when I don't agree with my fellow moms on the internet, because that's usually when I learn something new or see an issue from a new perspective. If we only surround ourselves with people who agree with us, there is hardly ever room for growth or development. It's just that, well, here is a way to disagree, and that way definitely doesn't involve belittling or insulting people. So, when things get really ugly, I really appreciate those who stick up for me in the comment section. To those wonderful women, I want you to know the following things: