As our group grows, some campers find themselves in a bit of a bind: what if you want to get support for a vulnerable situation, but are not ready to share the information with people you know in the real world?
This is particularly pertinent to Ithaca Mamas, as there are over 250 of us in the group, but as more and more campers invite their real life friends to join the group, anonymous posting can be useful to all members.
Let’s start with validating the concern:
While Mama’s Comfort Camp aims to normalize the motherhood struggles, we do not advocate that you step outside your comfort zone when you are feeling vulnerable. It’s perfectly normal to not want to share that moment with people who might know your family, or who could be clients or coworkers or even just acquaintances you might run into in the grocery store. We want you to be able to get support without having to do anything that adds stress to your situation. There will be plenty of time to stretch your comfort zone gently if/when you are ready to, but until then, the Den Mothers and I are interested in providing an alternative posting structure that lets you maintain anonymity when you need it.
So I am grateful to Den Mother Andrea Bates who suggested trying this:
When you wish to submit an anonymous post to be shared with the Mama’s Comfort Camp community, you may contact one of the Den Mothers “on duty” (see below) and ask her to post a Facebook status update for you. The Den Mother you will contact will share your identity with the other Den Mothers, but your post will be published in the Mama’s Comfort Camp group without your name attached to it.
(If you find that you are uncomfortable approaching or sharing with the Den Mothers, than that means that the struggle should probably not be shared in social media at all. Trust your gut on that, okay?)
We will only share anonymous posts that fall within the scope of the Mama’s Comfort Camp, and when the topic is Potentially Triggering, we will use the PT posting structure.
See our posting guidelines here, and our PT posting structure is explained here.
The Den Mothers who are currently “on duty” for anonymous posts are: Aryeal, Christine, and Melissa.
Pick the one you want to have post on your behalf, and send her a Facebook private message. You may need to send her a friend request first. (Please note that the Camp Founder and Keeper Yael Saar is not currently “on duty” for this option.) Please bear in mind that the Den Mothers are all mamas whose life can be unpredictable, so we will of course do our best to post your request as soon as possible, but it may take us a day or two to get to it.
We are excited about experimenting with this posting option and are looking forward to serving you in this new way.
Thank you to Heidi for stretching your comfort zone when you asked your question, it was very useful for the whole group that you spoke up in this thread: https://www.facebook.com/
New to the Mama’s Comfort Camp? You can ask to join our Facebook group right here.
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