EDITOR’S NOTE (Updated April 2016): Our Longest Shortest Time Mamas Facebook group is no longer active. Please consider using our Facebook page and the comments section of this website to interact with other listeners.
You want to talk to each other; we’re here to facilitate
You broke records here at Longest Shortest HQ yesterday—more listeners in a single day than ever before. We are so, so happy that our show on infertility is resonating with so many of you. Clearly, this is a topic that needs to be discussed more. In the credits, I encouraged audience members to use the comments section of our blog as a place to connect over infertility issues. And we got some amazingly powerful comments. But I also realize that infertility is a sensitive subject, and not one that everyone feels comfortable sharing in a public forum like a comments section. This is true of so many topics we cover on the show, and so I’ve been moved to do something I’ve been mulling over for awhile: start a private Facebook discussion group for moms.
Longest Shortest Time Mamas: A place to talk mama shop safely
I’ve noticed over the years that our comments section rarely includes personal attacks on either the people in our stories, or on other commenters. But when those same stories get posted in other media outlets, the personal attacks fly. Us mamas desperately need a place to ask questions of one another, to share stories, and most of all, to hear that we are not alone in our struggles. But it is so hard to speak openly—online OR in person—without fear of being attacked by other moms. We all judge; we can’t help it. But my one rule for this group is: no personal attacks. If you disagree with what someone is saying, please do so respectfully. And if you feel that you are about to say something hurtful, take a deep breath and bite your tongue (or pinch your fingers—or whatever the online equivalent is). I have a feeling that you listen to our show because you enjoy hearing the variety of ways that children behave and parents parent. Let’s continue to thrive on that variety in our discussion group.
The fine print
1. The group will be closed—meaning, others will be able to see that you are a member but will not be able to read your posts unless they are also a member.
2. You may invite friends to the group (and please do!); all members will need to be approved by me.
3. All topics of motherhood are welcome, especially those on children ages 0-3.
I will lightly moderate the group, but this one’s for you, ladies. Let the bonding begin!
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