by Megan Fischer-Prins
Founder’s Note: This is Megan’s final official post on our blog. After six years as a wonderful intern and staff member Megan is moving on to work in another dream job, creating digital content for a horse trainer she deeply admires. We’re going to miss her so much and are excited to see her future achievements. All the best to you Megan from all of NMG – Nancy
When I think of the word “mother,” I think of a person who has supported me, put my needs before her own, taught me about values, worked full time while going to school to make my life better, and, after some rough teen years, became my confidant and best friend.
This Mother’s Day, let’s honor the women in our lives who have been there for us, celebrate the amazing things we have accomplished, and encourage the girls in our lives to share their favorite memories with moms, aunts, cousins, teachers, and other women they love.
NMG member Valentina, shares a special activity that she treasures with her mother. She says, “My mom and I also have a diary just for the two of us where we can exchange notes. If I’m feeling sad or something, I’ll write it down in our book and put it somewhere she can find it. Then she can write back and return the book. We’ve been doing that since early 2011.”
Helen Cordes shares great ways to stay close with your daughter or a special girl you love through physical activities.
If you are an influential woman in a girl’s life, honor her this Sunday by being courageous in sharing yourself with her. Your favorite stories, your heritage, your funny moments, your awkward moments, and even your hard times will help her feel closer to you. Let her know you as the complex, imperfect person you are. You may find she loves you even more deeply when she knows all of you. The things you share will become her favorite memories with you.
How will you spend this Mother’s Day? Share your stories in the comments below!
You Can Volunteer to Moderate Our Safe Community for Girls!
Do you want to help tween and early teen girls support each other and express themselves creatively while they learn internet safety with adult guidance? If you do, we need you! Specially trained adult volunteers keep the members in our online community at nmgmembers.com safe. You and our amazing current team of volunteer moderators are key to making that happen every day.
What do moderators do?
The New Moon Girls website could not exist without volunteers! We depend on our volunteer adult moderators to be a safety net for our members.
The girls on NMGMembers.com are learning how to communicate online – how to have healthy, respectful internet boundaries and interaction. The website is moderated, which means that whenever a girl posts a story, message board post, or image, it is reviewed by a volunteer moderator. Moderators get special training and have ongoing discussions about how to moderate supportively and keep our safety net for girls online strong. They all follow our carefully tested guidelines to decide, before other girls can see it on the website, whether or not a girl’s post is appropriate for NMGMembers.com .
We ask volunteers to moderate for 2 hours per week (or more if they wish) as it fits into YOUR schedule.
You can make a difference.
Moderating for NewMoon.com has a positive impact on you, as well as each and every one of our members. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“Thank you, thank you. It is so helpful and wonderful to have a place to escape from all the unpleasantness of other social media sites. That is your doing. You should be proud, mods!” – Alyssa
“Thank you so much for donating your time to make the site safe. Thank you!” – Laurel
“Thank you so much for making NMG a safe and happy place for everyone! You make NMG complete, and I am grateful for everything you do for us!” – Olivia
“You guys are so cool and I don’t know how New Moon Girls would be how it is right now without you. I am so glad we you to help us through the way.” – Maya
Check out even more moderator appreciation here!
P.S. If you want to volunteer to moderate just fill out the short form here. We’ll be in touch when we schedule the next training. Thank you!