Oh, also, I'm kind of an asshole. Especially about other people being assholes. Some people refer to it as a negative attitude, but I'm actually very positive about the fact that I hate jerks. See, I'm a super-shiny rainbow.
About 2 years ago, I was looking to connect with other parents that I could chit-chat with, share my experiences, learn from theirs, and whatever other things that people that like each other talk about. I found a forum where I was neck deep in some kind of weird Mom-petition. I didn't understand the rules or how to win.
I posted questions; they got ignored. I posted responses that I thought were insightful; I either got ignored or chastised for not following the strange script of semi-tolerant placating. It wasn't a very positive experience.
I was about to give up, when someone posted a link to one of the best blogs I've ever read. The series of posts that woman wrote crucified the Momzillas I'd been trying to fit in with and I loved every syllable of it. Then I noticed a curious thing: the blog was connected to a forum. No. Way.
It was there that I connected with a group of parents that I consider to be the best on the internet. What makes them so special? They don't judge. They're super supportive. They span a range of experiences in both birthing and raising children. And they're REAL.
We have parents who've adopted. Parents who delivered naturally at home. Moms who breastfeed and love it. Moms who breastfeed and hate it. Attachment parents. Detachment parents. Hell, we're even so cool, we have DADS on our "mommy" board.
Due to a few factors, this board died out. A big part of that was because the amazing blog was no longer being updated. Another huge factor: no new members. This was depressing for me. It meant that my only social interaction came from creating Sims and then making them talk to their friends. I realized that this was no substitute for my online posse.
The last couple of weeks, I took matters into my own hands. I've been hard at work creating a new playground for my motley group of misfit parents. It would be amazing if you would check it out. Join up, chat your ass off, have a blast, get to know this outstanding group of people that have helped me realize how normal a parent I really am: