Almost three years ago we launched Imperfect Women to provide other women with a safe place to discuss motherhood, politics, and life experiences in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We wanted to build a community of women who, despite a diversity of opinion and backgrounds, would build up other women, rather than tearing them down. Our motto, Imperfections Welcome, acknowledges that we may not always agree with each other, but none of us should be judged against an impossible ideal. Each woman’s choices about her life and family should be respected, not vilified.
We are proud and excited to join a community of bloggers who have taken The Mom Pledge. The Mom Pledge is an online effort to end cyber bullying among moms. It is seven guidelines for online behavior designed to keep our little corner of the Internet free from bullies. The values espoused in the Mom pledge fit beautifully with our “blogging philosophy.” If you are an imperfect woman, if you want to help end cyber-bullying, we invite you to take The Mom Pledge with us.
The Mom Pledge
I am a proud to be a mom. I will conduct myself with integrity in all my online activities. I can lead by example.
I pledge to treat my fellow moms with respect. I will acknowledge that there is no one, “right” way to be a good mom. Each woman makes the choices best for her family.
I believe a healthy dialogue on important issues is a good thing. I will welcome differing opinions when offered in a respectful, non-judgmental manner. And will treat those who do so in kind.
I stand up against cyber bullying. My online space reflects who I am and what I believe in. I will not tolerate comments that are defamatory, hateful or threatening.
I refuse to give those who attack a platform. I will remove their remarks with no mention or response. I can take control.
I want to see moms work together to build one another up, not tear each other down. Words can be used as weapons. I will not engage in that behavior.
I affirm that we are a community. As a member, I will strive to foster goodwill among moms. Together, we can make a difference.