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Mothers blogging: Changing the world one blog post at a time


An Australia mother confronts a teacher who belittles her pre-school son – with the help of her blog community.

PottyMouthMama had a challenging experience with her young son’s pre-school teacher the other day. I would’ve growled at the teacher, gnashing teeth until she backed into a corner crying, but that is a learned skill, I wasn’t born with it. Though fighting with my little sister helped! From PottyMouthMama:

Yesterday when I dropped the Doctor off to pre-school I got chatting with the teachers. One of them started telling me about how the previous day the Doctor was telling another child how to do something. I listened to her thinking, yep that is standard four year old behaviour – they like to talk, they like to help, and they like to feel useful.

She then continued to tell me how she told him to ‘stop being a know-it-all’. And then she decided that that was a perfectly apt name for him. ‘Know-it-all Noah’. And that that was her new name for him.
I stood there not really knowing what to say. I am not good at confrontation. And I had mixed feelings.
Here was someone who I had entrusted to look after my child. To care for him. To boost him. To support him.

And here was that same person verbally bullying him.

She got 46 comments from people. All of them urging her to contact the school. From Kirsty (coincidentally from around Willunga, where I’m from!)

Oh PMM.

That is just horrible.

My advice (coming from somebody who’s bestie is a teacher) is to tell her that you don’t think it is appropriate that she say things like that to your son or about him and that you are going to speak to her boss about it.

It’s important that you do this because she could be bullying some of the other kids as well.

Words hurt. Sometimes more than actions. I know so don’t leave it. Our Smalls can’t stand up for themselves so it’s important that we do it for them.

Good luck.

She is doing confronting the school, despite being terrified. Community support is changing her behaviour. Supporting a big ol’ wuss 😛 turning into a roaring mother lion protecting her brood.

We often are told that blogs and social media don’t change the world. That it’s just people wasting time on the ‘net. But what if the grand revolution is one blog post, one comment, one mother changing her behaviour at a time? And if there were enough people changing a small part of their actions due to social media, would that ripple into a huge wave of change?

I know that I said articles (blog posts) with comments is not community. And in the main it’s not. The leaders are not badged, the community can only respond, not initiate. Newspapers make the same mistake. A series of articles with comments turned on is not community. But sometimes it is.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

17 thoughts on “Mothers blogging: Changing the world one blog post at a time

  1. There are great ongoing discussions in the more political blogs around whether ‘online activism’ is really worth it – or whether it really exists, compared to activism which creates concrete, substantial change in widespread behaviours, institutions, and perspectives. This is a great example of how positive change can be catalysed, and emerge, and that it _is_ meaningful, even on a small scale.

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  5. Hi Laurel. An issue I found similar was the collective response of Mums to an ANU study showing that ‘baby brain’ was a myth: http://ow.ly/1dUFh There was a lot of discussion with most Mums refuting the research. It made me ponder the potential power of communities self-organising around anecdotal evidence and the impact for science… possibly none but such is the nature of procrastination, or maybe it was my baby brain! 😛

  6. I totally think social media, blogposts can be highly influential in changing the world. Since I started blogging last August, I am amazed at the community and support and inspiration I get from others in the ‘community’ – this is a great example of this – thanks for sharing.

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