There's this website, iVillage. And it has a channel, parent soup. And parent soup has message boards. Lot's of 'em. But I happen to be a community leader (cl) for one of the debate boards, Parenting Issues. We toss around opinions on anything and everything regarding having and raising kids.
It's a cool forum, though not for the faint of heart. The Soup is really a very friendly place, so no one calls names or uses bad language, but the debates can get pretty heated, and if you can't separate someone criticizng what you say from someone criticizing you, then ignore the rest of this post.
Here's the thing. I used to have a co-cl, but she had to give up her hat for personal reasons. ("The hat" is the cute way we have of saying we have our cl tag on our username) So now it's just me, all by my lonesome, and I'm getting a little burned out. But since I don't have a co-cl, I can't just take a break. Plus, I'm sure everyone is tired of me and would appreciate some fresh blood.
But my board won't qualify for a co-cl unless it gets more traffic. It's right on the cusp right now; we have busy days and slow days, but I have to maintain about 50 posts a day to get a co-cl.
Here's where you come in.
Pop by my board. Parenting Issues. Have a look around. Read through some of the threads. I highly recommend the outline view, which will open an outline in a new window, which you can layer over the main window, so that when you click on a post in the outline view, it opens in the main window.
And then, get yourself an iVillage login (it's free, and they won't spam you) and join in the fun. Don't be shy; we love new people. Don't get your feelings hurt if you don't get a response right away; like I said, I'm a little burned out and sometimes am a little slow to haul out the welcome wagon. Sometimes a post sparks comments; sometimes it doesn't. I like to think that if I post something and no one responds it's because my post was so brilliant it left everyone speechless.
You'll have fun, and you'll be helping me get a co-cl. Who knows, you just might find yourself sticking around for a while. You might poke around and find some other boards to post on, too. (there are lots of boards in the soup that aren't debate boards, in case you're the non-confrontational type).
Go ahead. Give it a go.
Don't make me beg.EDIT: For the link challenged out there (and you know who you are) here's the url: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-psppissues The boards are hosted by Prospero, and I've noticed that if I've been logged into another Prospero forum, sometimes it asks me for a login before I can load the board.