Today we are featuring a local mom who started a Facebook Group called Queen Bees.
Introducing Rebecca J.
As parents (especially mothers) we are always looking for community. As society has changed, things have shifted from in person groups to a more worldly connection online. Many of us are a part of Facebook and Communities/Groups but it is the quality of the groups that many of us are searching for.
Why did you start Queen Bees?
̈Of course I started it because I was a mod in another mom group they blocked me without even telling me what I did wrong (if I even did anything). So then I made queen bees so mommas had a safe place to vent and talk about anything. Husbands and boyfriends are great but you can't talk to them about periods, or child birth or postpartum. They try to understand but they can ́t. Also, I'm a stay at home mom so this group gives me an outlet it has helped me a ton ̈
Queen bees - 162 members
This is a fun mom group where we can vent and make new friends. Being a mom can be lonely so I want a safe place for mom's to vent and be there for each other
Group Rules from the Admins
1 No real life I want this to be a safe place
2 Be Kind and Courteous
We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required.
3 No Hate Speech or Bullying
Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
4 No Promotions or Spam
Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren't allowed.
Who is in the group?
The group consists of mostly moms from Minnesota but there a few across the river in Wisconsin. Most members are between the ages of 18 and 35.
Where Can I find this group?
So ladies of Minnesota - if you are in need of a private smaller group check out Queen Bees!
Thank you for reading and have a great week!
On Mondays we usually showcase and highlight moms within our community. Many show a bright picture with happy faces. Reality is, being a mom is HARD. Being a parent is work. So, today I have decided to do something a little different.
Tomorrow, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Mental health doesn't discriminate between gender nor race lines.
Tomorrow, we light candles for those we have lost and those who feel lost. September is suicide awareness month. This is a topic many of us are not comfortable with but I feel that it is something we NEED to talk about. Help break the stigma to help save lives. No one should be ashamed in reaching out for help. Our community has MANY resources for women and families and it can feel overwhelming to know where to start.
Friends and family should be reaching out to their loved regularly and watching for signs. When someone opens up about their feelings do not just brush it off, ask them how you can get them help. Let your loved ones know you are a safe space to ask for help. This doesn't mean you have to make them better, but be that person to direct them to the proper resources.
Here in Minnesota there are many: http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/minnesota-suicide-hotlines.html
In addition to https://www.ppsupportmn.org/ (an organization we have featured before).
For more information on World Suicide Prevention Day check oout this organization https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019/
In addition, there is a blog post from a few years ago. It is a letter to moms out there struggling.
As always - thank you for reading and happy Monday.