So you’ve noticed us around and clicked the like buttons a few times and quite possibly you have read one of our many Facebook posts where we’ve invited you to come along to the forum and join in on the chit-chat.
But you are feeling a little bit hesitant. Maybe you’re shy, perhaps you feel like you won’t get much benefit from it or you just haven’t got round to signing up yet. Whatever the reason, don’t let it hold you back - you’re missing out on a great thing!
The Mums NI forum is BRAND NEW. It does look a little bit bare and we understand that it’s daunting being among the first few members to ask a question. We are confident though that once the Community is established, it will be your new favourite go-to place where you will reap the benefits of a thriving on-line local Community.
Sometimes, we are faced with questions that we don’t want to ask our friends or family members and this is where the benefit of anonymity comes into play. Once you’ve signed up, you can change your screen name and upload a new avatar to represent the on-line you. You can ask questions in confidence that your identity will remain hidden.
We are all about supporting each other. So if we find that a question has remained unanswered, we will share it to our Facebook page and see if anyone there could come to the thread with their offerings.
Perhaps you are a first time parent and have some questions that you want answered. With the wealth of collective knowledge from the other parents, you are sure to be provided with an answer that meets your needs.
Let’s face it, we all like to feel as if we are being helpful by providing support to our fellow parents. Even if it’s recommending a nappy rash cream or something to do with fidget spinners, it’s nice to help others. Together with our collective wealth of parenting knowledge, no question will remain unanswered.
This could be your chance to inspire others - say you’ve got a great family meal planner, by sharing it on the food section you could be really helping a Mum out with this week’s dinner options. It doesn’t sound like much but that could be the inspiration someone is needing and you could be the one to provide it.
No matter how many actual real life friends you have, there’s always room for some on-line ones. This is a great opportunity to connect with like minded people - let’s celebrate our parenting successes and laugh in the face of our parenting fails. You will gain exposure to people from all walks of life which will broaden your horizons.
By being open to forming on-line friendships you will be helping others overcome loneliness and increase their mental well being with social interaction, albeit on-line. You never know, you could be the only point of contact a Mum has which will create a sense of belonging.
Get inspiration from others such as a fun way to announce your pregnancy news or name suggestions for your unborn baby. The list is endless.
You can gain access to the forum no matter what time of the day or night it is, it’s always here, it never sleeps, available 24/7, 365 days of the year. Utilise it.
Who doesn’t like a freebie? You could get selected for a random Mums NI spot prize, just by registering and being active on the thread your participation could be rewarded. We like to acknowledge comradery and encourage interaction, so the more you take part, the higher your chances of being selected are.
It’s a forum filled with people from Northern Ireland - the craic will be mighty!
If after reading our pointers we have enticed you to join up, then that’s fabulous. Come along to the forum and give it a go. If you like it, then that’s even better. Why not ask a few friends to join up too, as the more people we have involved the better it will be it.
All that we ask is that you follow these 7 simplified rules (full version available on the website):