After reading about it on Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom, I decided to take the Mom Pledge. According to the Take the Pledge Website, here is the Mom Pledge.
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 rude, condescending or disrespectful.
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.
Do I think that taking a pledge always makes people act accordingly, of course not. But having the pledge in writing makes a person sometimes stop and think about what they are doing and how they are handling themselves. For example, in high school when kids take a pledge to not drink or to at least not drink and drive, some of them will adhere to the pledge and some may not, but I bet there are statistics that show that it makes a positive difference. Would you like to take the Pledge?