Thoughts and ideas to inspire, uplift and affirm the childless and childfree, by circumstance and by choice
The vast majority of the feedback on this site has been so positive that I’ve been riding on a wave of encouragement for the past few weeks. I’m in a different time zone to many of you so I tend to post before I go to bed and have a look in the morning to see if anyone has contributed anything to the discussion. I don’t know when I’ve ever enjoyed my morning cup-of-tea-and-internet-browse so much :).
That said, I also get the odd snarky email. Just recently I was given a new label in reference to readinginthebath.com which I think is supposed to be insulting:
To be honest, as you might have guessed from the graphic, I quite like it.
I’m guessing it’s a reference to my general lack of interest in badmouthing parents, which is a product of:
a) a life philosophy that involves respecting other people’s choices and circumstances
b) the fact that most of my closest friends and family are parents and I love them to bits
c) the fact that lots of parents have supported and encouraged me wholeheartedly in my own choices and circumstances
d) a general aim to create things, spaces and ideas that are affirming and uplifting, not mocking or hateful
I’m old enough and wise enough to know that I’ll never please all of the people all of the time. But however the label was intended, I genuinely appreciate the assertion that I might be pleasing some!
If you’re interested in anger and rage in online communities you might be interested to read this post about how it can be navigated and if you’re interested in who this particular website is aimed at and why, you could have a look at the faq page.
But in the meantime, how about you? What do you think a ‘breeder pleaser’ is? And would you mind being labelled one?