I had a hard time sleeping last night. For those of you who know me well, you can lift your chins off the ground, it was relatively short-lived. ;-) I couldn't fall asleep right away because I was excited thinking about all of you. Thinking about what a grand online community we are about to create. Then, I thought, I guess there should be rules. Also for those of you who know me well, don't laugh!! We don't have to let the newcomers know just yet that I am notorious for making rules only to forget them and then later decide they were unecessary anyway - OK?? They will figure it out on their own soon enough.
Seriously though, I could only think of one and it's this: play nice. I am certain we will all run across ideas and suggestions on here that we don't agree with, but perhaps, if we hold in our knee jerk reaction and wait until we're civil to respond, we might learn something from the person. At the very least we will let them keep their dignity while maintaining our own.
Ok, now What This Isn't.
This isn't a parenting advice column where you, dear reader, ask questions and I (alone) answer them. I kind of loathe things like that and here is why: the 5 kids that I have the honor of parenting, they are real people that live in real time. They have hearts that beat, feelings that hurt, issues that truly concern them, and amazing, individual personalities. It's kind of insulting to pick up a book or read a column that gives me canned parenting advice as though all children are basically the same. See what I mean? All of us will have something to add and all responses will be valued. You may have some words of wisdom or encouragement to offer another reader that I wouldn't have because I haven't yet been in a similar situation.
Now to the business of what we'll talk about. Seriously, anything and everything pertaining to parenting. I suppose I will get to pick the daily topic by default, but I'm ok with rabbit trails. Let's just see where all of this takes us.
So, to get things rolling, here's the first question: What has been the most surprising thing to you about being a Mom?
On your mark, get set, go!!!