Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What was your "Naptime Activist" awakening?

There is nothing like motherhood to expand our view of the world. For me, becoming a mother was the experience that truly shook up my comfortable and complacent life, bringing me into the community of women and the challenges we face in the United States and worldwide.

What happens when this awareness comes at a time when we are personally overloaded with our own commitments? I want to introduce you to a community of "naptime activists," women who find a way to work for social change even in the midst of busy family and work lives. The great news is that even if you have just an hour to spare here and there (for example, while you kids are asleep, hence "naptime activist"), thanks to the internet there are ways to get connected to significant opportunities that will allow you to make a difference.

I am partnering with MomsRising.org to bring you the Naptime Activist Edition of The Mojo Mom Party Kit, which will help you explore ways to become involved. A first step can be very small, as long as you are paying attention to the possibilities that are before you. In the Party Kit you'll read my story about how something as simple was watching TV led to a life-changing opportunity for me.

To get started, why not gather your friends for a Moms' Night Out with a purpose, to watch this the MomsRising documentary film The Motherhood Manifesto. We provide you a complete set of party and discussion ideas. The Mojo Mom Party Kit is a free download. You can access all 3 sessions through my home page, MojoMom.com.

To celebrate this new partnership, this week's Mojo Mom Podcast features an interview with MomsRising naptime activists Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann. This dynamic duo started the Been There Clearinghouse immediately after hurricane Katrina struck, creating a "community bulletin board" that brought together people in need and donors who wanted to help. This grassroots effort mobilized truckloads of aid to the Gulf Coast, starting during the crucial early days when FEMA was paralyzed. You can read about Cooper and Emily's continuing adventures on their Been There blog.

I am so fortunate to have met such an amazing group of women through MomsRising.org. Start listening to their stories and I guarantee you'll be inspired.

Please share your story with us as well! Did motherhood open you up to the world in a new way? I'd love to hear about your own "naptime activist awakening."


Anonymous Amy (equallysharedparenting) said...

I definitely have had a naptime activist awakening, or maybe it was a breastfeeding activist awakening. Anyway, all those hours taking care of my two newborns and pondering my new life as a mother led me to a lot of thinking and reading. And to creating EquallySharedParenting.com. The journey so far has been extraordinatory, and I feel like I'm actually making a difference in the world. Your awakening has been part of the inspiration, since MojoMom was one of those books I read while breastfeeding! -Amy

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Activist Scott said...

I know little about being a mother (as I have no children and am not a woman), but I am impressed that busy mothers would use what time they have to work for social progress.

You might like the Activism Forum.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Activist Scott said...

Opps, I messed up the link. Here's the right one: Activism Forum.


6:28 PM  
Blogger Tina B. said...

Mojomom, I loved your podcast on naptime activists. Thank you for brining this to my attention.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Liz Palmer said...

I am a mother of six, 11-1, and have been home with all of them through really hard times and tremendous sacrifice. I never questioned it until I was in a public policy class from a weekend college program. I am now all fired up about bringing change to our nation and raising the issue about how we treat women and resultingly children. I have taken a class assignment and translated it into meetings with my representatives on these issues, a lettter writing campain which I hope to move through my community and my church, a screening of the Momsrising film at my local theater, and then who knows what else....If a stay at home mother of six can get this sort of thing going, anyone can! If any of you have any advice or suggestions of things that you ahve going, I would love to hear about it!

8:41 AM  

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