Dear Au Pair Mom Readers,
I’ve received a handful of personal emails raising concerns about a shift in the tone of our conversations here on the blog.
I appreciate these emails and also the comments directly on the posts themselves about what kinds of comments are appropropriate here.
I take these efforts as a sign that you readers (host parents and au pairs alike) are here for a supportive and helpful conversation about the challenges (and joys) of the au pair-host family relationship.
Recently we’ve had a commenter who has struggled to offer her perspective in a way that reflects the norms of our community.
To put a finer point on it, some of her comments have felt accusatory, overly-dramatic, and lacking in the kind of nuance that suggests she’s been listening to our deeper concerns. Her comment are now being automatically held for moderation (meaning, I have to deliberately approve her comments before they get published on the blog.)
Usually, your comments are automatically posted to the blog unless you swear, say mean things about Benedict Cumberbatch, or have too many links to outside sources.
Thank You For Your Generosity to the Au Pair Mom Community
- Thank you to the folks who made an effort to keep the conversation kind by addressing this in their own comments.
- Thank you to the folks who emailed me directly to share their concerns.
- Thank you to all of you who pony up difficult situations, unconventional perspectives, and unpopular recommendations, and do this in a way that is respectful and kind.
This community runs on the generosity of all you readers and commenters, not just in your willingness to contribute ideas, but also in your willingness to extend yourselves to each other with genuine concern.
Please do email me at mom at au pair mom dot com if you have any concerns or suggestions about the blog, whether it be about post topics, comments moderation, blog policy, the groovy images I borrow from Etsy, or any other issues.
Thanks to all of you for being part of the Au Pair Mom Community.
Read also: The Benedict Cumberbatch Situation,by Meghan O’Keefe