There’s a special place in my heart for parents and caregivers who experience difficult situations with their babies and children. I feel like these folks are more resilient, more appreciative of the miracle of nature and, ultimately, they are inspirational. I find them in like minded communities, offering support and sharing stories beyond life in the NICU, often using social media.
Sometimes, sadly, they attack each other.
We parents are passionate about our opinions; as survivors of the NICU seek information about early infant life from every source possible, including other parents. However, if one brings up a conversation about hot button topics such as vaccination, when to start solids, or whether or not to co-sleep, heated words may be exchanged and sometimes etiquette goes to pot. That saddens me greatly.
Social media is a wonder tool. There are more fantastic people using it than those who intentionally do harm. I don’t think, however, it benefits anyone if someone tries to help whilst being antagonistic or rude. [Continue reading]