Being a mom and a blogger has had its ups and downs this week. I'm reminded that as Connected Mom gains visibility, scrutiny of it increases. I'll be the first to admit I'm not the thickest skin blogger on the block, but I also know my philosophy does not match up with every visitor who reads this site. So I'm laying it on the line. This post is my own philosophy, what I hope to achieve with Connected Mom, and the things I'm most proud of about this site's community.
I am not a perfect parent. I don't want to be. I think I'm a better parent for having faults.
I follow attachment parenting principles. When I recommend bed-sharing, co-sleeping, or babywearing I do so because I truly think it has a positive affect on the child and the parent.
I don't give advice or suggestions on issues I have no experience with. It would be bad advice.
I have a circumcised son, but I do not believe in circumcision and made that discovery too late. I write about this occasionally to promote intactivism and to remind us that it's ok to admit our mistakes.
I really care about a woman's story. Many of you have shared experiences that keep me up thinking and I'm grateful for your connection.
I started this blog in the beginning of 2010 to document the homebirth after cesarean that didn't happen. It became therapeutic for me to blog and I decided I wanted to start a blog that would offer positive connections.
I've always wanted this blog to be a bridge between mainstream and AP parenting. I see it as a salad bar where anything you take for your plate is healthy and nurturing.
I want this place to be positive. There are enough blogs that moan and make light of mothering, some of which I enjoy, but I hope this is a place of encouragement.
I can't promise you will agree or enjoy everything I write about, but it is always well-intentioned.
Our facebook page is so awesome. I am so blessed to have a nonjudgmental, open group of diverse followers. There is such a laid-back, supportive quality to it. Thank you.
I am proud of how many people have opened up, asked for help, offered support, and connected through comments, twitter, and facebook.
So thank you. My little blog has had over 45,000 hits since I made it theconnectedmom.com in June. It went from about 1,000 hits a month to over 15,000 in December alone. It's funny to remember how excited I was when a post was read 100 times, but even though our numbers are growing the core mission remains the same to reach out and connect even with only one person. So could you do that today? Smile at the cashier at the market? Stop and hold open a door? Write out holiday letters to old friends? Just connect.