So you are a mom, and you see a Facebook group geared towards mommies- you should totally join it… right?
Well… the answer may not be that simple. Sure, you could just jump right into joining a group like this, but without a little training, guidance and preparation- you are destined to be thrown to the wolves and EATEN ALIVE.
You think I am kidding?
You poor naive little thing.
Facebook mom groups can be a wonderful resource. I often wish they had been around when I gave birth to my first. The women can be so supportive… until they are not.
If you don’t tread carefully, you will find yourself quickly sucked into a dangerously dark hole. There will be no one around to help you out, and you will be left in a whirlwind wondering how this all got started in the first place.
So should you want to jump into the world of Facebook mom groups- use my handy guide to keep your head above water and all body parts securely attached.
*Absolutely- under no circumstances should you mention anything to do with vaccinations. Unless you are wearing full body armor, and have a weaponry at your disposal. I don’t care WHICH side of the debate you are on- and heaven help the poor soul who has yet to pick a side- this is just not a topic to bring up in mom groups. I can tell you this- we will NEVER EVER all agree on this topic. We just wont. I don’t care how many articles, medical studies, and rants are posted. Moms will just never agree, and while that is perfectly OK… we also can not seem to keep from ripping each other apart limb for limb when the debate gets brought up. So do us all a favor- and just don’t.
*Circumcision- just forget the word all together. Whether you are anti or pro really does not matter- quite like the vaccination debate of the century… nothing brings up another moms rage like the talk of your child’s penis. In fact to be on the safe side- maybe just don’t even mention the fact that you are giving birth to a baby boy. Better safe than sorry.
* If your child is under 6 months of age… DO NOT mention the following-
-CIO (Cry it out)-People seem to interpret this in a multitude of ways; however, the consensus seems to be there will ALWAYS be at least one mom who will threaten your very life, and make you question every decision you have ever made in pregnancy or after if you even MENTION the fact that you allowed your baby to CIO for any period of time.
– Rice cereal or solid food. The crunchy moms will crawl out of every crack and crevice to make sure you know how bad of a decision this is. GUT HEALTH? ALLERGIES? DO YOU EVEN LOVE YOUR CHILD? If you love yourself and don’t want to get into the debate- just don’t mention it… you will thank me later.
*Car seats- It is probably best if you do not EVER post a picture of your child in a car seat. I do not care if your vehicle is stopped. I don’t care if the car seat is not even IN A VEHICLE. If your child is not properly strapped into that car seat you will be spammed with HUNDREDS of mothers giving you the advice they are sure you have never received- on how to properly restrain your child.So if you would like to retain custody of your children and not be made to feel like you basically could care less about the lives of your offspring.
Just keep car seat photos to yourself. (Unless of course you actually want some constructive criticism on how to buckle- but even then be prepared for the few who will still tear you a new one)
*Breastfeeding VS Formula Feeding- This one is a toughy. I’m not saying avoid the topic of feeding your child all together, but for the love of all things holy- just don’t shove one way or another down anyone’s throat, and while we are at it- lets not get into the “should I use a cover or not” debate either. This is a personal choice. You even have the LAW backing your side. So really the opinions of strangers on the internet do not matter anyway.
*SAHM vs Working Mom- BOTH ARE HARD. Enough said. Do not tell either one that you envy them or that they have it easier. Its not true, and it is not fair to downplay either one. Each have their high and lows, good and bad.
I guess if you are looking to draw out every passionate mama within your internets’ reach- by all means go ahead and post away on ALLLL the topics above. However, if you are partial to your body parts and would like to keep your blood pressure lower than the point of boiling- do us all a favor and just avoid them.
So tell me- what did I miss? What other topics seem to rile up anyone and everyone? Any other topics you personally avoid?
Jenna is a former Early Childhood Educator who now spends her days chasing after her four rambunctious children all while pursuing a freelance writing career, guest posting, writing for the website Mommyish, and running her own blog. As a writer, she is passionate about bringing charisma and color to everything she writes. You can find out more about Jenna by visiting her website or by clicking the social media buttons below.