Edited by member234098 - 5/26/12 at 10:37pm
November 2011 marks ten years that mothering.com has been up and running. There was a forum that crashed from 1999, but the November 2011 date is the lasting inception date.
I have been here since 08-03-02.
How many of you have been here ten years this month?
How have things changed for you in the past ten years if you are still here?
For me, my own children are grown and working. I adopted a child, and live goes on.
Miriam, I also joined in 08-02. Wow. My dd was a tiny little baby when I joined. Now she's in 4th grade. My ds is in 2nd. I'm no longer a SAHM. I work part-time (substitute teaching) while getting my master's degree in Elementary Ed. I'm way more laid back in my parenting choices than I was when I first joined. Things tend to change when children get old enough to make some of their own decisions! Things I probably once said I'd never do have certainly been done. I'm much happier working and doing more things for myself. Things are so much easier now.
Wow, I had no idea I joined ten years ago this month... crazy! Since I've joined I've had two more children, both born at home and successfully nursed (after a disappointing hospital birth and exclusively pumping for my first). I spent several years working at a natural parenting store and then went on to open my own business with a friend a couple years ago. Began un/homeschooling and still at it.
I guess for me, not much has changed... but then again, I joined when my first was still a baby really. My youngest just turned 5yrs old, so I'm definitely still in the parenting young children phase.... and may or may not have another baby one of these days!
Ten years ago I was a Mothering magazine subscriber, but had not yet visited the message board. I *was* very active on other message boards on AOL and one related to Epinions. I also was on some local yahoo groups. It was on one of these yahoo groups where someone asked if anyone went to the Mothering message boards. I joined after that, but it won't be 10 years until February, I think.
Yep, joined 10-02. DD1 must have just turned 3. DD2 was still a twinkle. MDC really helped me decide to go for a midwife (one blood test, one ultrasound, that's it - family thought we were crazy) and homebirth w/ DD2 (did not work out and she was born in the hospital, but it was a much better experience than DD1's hospital birth). I took a long break, then recently came back & mostly read preteens/teens and the various home and health/cooking threads these days.
Well Mothering forums is actually more than 10 years old. The Nov 2001 date is just the post crash new forum. I was here before the crash but I left for awhile and didn't come back till 2002 and since we had to create new memberships after the crash, I chose a new name at that time. How had things changed? I have a kid over 21 now, while I'm not post menopausal yet, I'm sure I'm past my child bearing years. I have a lot more gray hair, I've completely changed my religion, world view and politics. I switched from windows to mac LOL. I've moved to 4 different states since 2001. I can't imagine being here 10 years from now. Unless there are some dramatic changes.
I was here ten years ago... Had found the old boards a few months before the crash...
I have found useful informations and support on these boards through the years... Have seen community coming together to help and support people in need (paper cranes and quilt for a mourning mother, the Holiday Helpers threads, ...)
I've learn and shared on many subjects and I got better at expressing myself in written English (second language). I've read things I couldn't imagine, I've been shaken by some threads, I've laugh and I've cried, I've been touched and inspired, I've grown and I've found a few dear friends.
My needs have changed and I'm not as active on these boards as I used to be; kids are growing, life is happening, the wheel is turning...
I was here before the crash, too. Back then I lived in Little Rock. My sign-on got screwed up in one of our moves, so I created a new log on. I used to be Linda in Arizona, and then I was Linda in Canada. And then I gave up and become Linda on the move.
When I started on mothering, I was tandem nursing a baby and a toddler.
Now my babies are teens and this week are off touring colleges in our state.
What a long, strange trip its been.