So Facebook forums are telling you that you're a horrible mother for poisoning your baby with formula, or that you started with solid foods too early (or too late or incorrectly), or that you're breastfeeding far too long. You don't love your kids enough, or you love them too much. And as wonderful as the Internet can be for community and information, it can also be an easy and anonymous way to attack and hurt.
Turns out I wasn't the only younger mom who felt the sting of judgement from time to time. An Early Mama reader decided to be proactive after experiencing something or someone who left her feeling deflated - whether it was a mean Facebook comment or a rude woman at the grocery store. She started writing letters to other women, spreading love and lifting moods (including her own in the process).
And so she inspired me to start the #SpreadLoveNotShame movement, to spread more kindness and positivity through the same channels that have the potential to bring us down. Check it out.
- By Michelle Horton
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