Punky Moms had humble beginnings
Punky Moms started as a small yahoo group 13 years ago. It didn’t take long for it to grow into a bigger space, with the addition of a forum and its very own website. People began joining from all over the world and moms, dads, step-parents, aunts, bonus moms and caregivers began connecting online and in person. Our forum became a safe haven for alternative-minded parents to find like-minded friends and neighbors. It provided a place where alternative parents could be themselves – not try to fit into a mold someone else decided was the right way to parent.
The glue for all these members across the world was the fact that, in one way or another, we all felt a little out of step (sometimes even a little rejected by) with the other parenting groups out there. In some capacity or another, we had all rejected social norms in our youth and now we were a bit older and trying to raise kids – an endeavor that is inherently social and pretty “normal”- while still maintaining our own identity.
We needed a place to talk candidly and frankly about raising our children, or the heartbreak and elation of trying to conceive, or what exactly is going on with our nipple right now when our baby latches on, or the proper way to wash these diapers, or dating again for the first time in years. We wanted to create a safe place to connect and support and love each other – a place that would make the younger versions of us proud to be a part of. When we could not find that place, we made it here. That is punk.
We get it. Not everyone on Punky Moms “looks punk” or even considers themselves punk, but we all are. We all got together with ideas and passions and needs that weren’t being fulfilled by mainstream society and we said, “fuck it, we’ll just do it.” That’s punk (as fuck). We’re a community, a family that we defined ourselves. We’re a group of kickass people getting together to create a voice for parents that’s been missing. That’s punk (as fuck).
Though our members have changed over the years, the heart of the forums has not. We are still a solid family roster who have each other’s backs, and are ready to lend an ear or share a drink. When you travel, you can still expect a Punky Moms get together welcoming you – we are thick as thieves. We have welcomed and said goodbye to many over the years since Punky Mom’s inception, yet some have found their way back like nothing has ever changed. What has changed, though, is the landscape of the internet since our small yahoo group days. Facespace, tweets, pinning this, hashtagging that- We are trying to keep up!
So here is the deal…
By now, most of you have noticed the work we’ve put into the website since we relaunched it a year ago and we are not looking to lose that momentum. Using our little piece of virtual real estate and the strength of the community that our forum members built, we want to expand our reach by creating an online magazine. We pinky promise that this does not mean the forum is going away. It will always be there for those still seeking a truly safe and private haven online. Our new facebook group has been widely successful and will remain as well! It warms our hearts seeing the unconditional love and support of the community towards other members as they seek advice without the fear of being judged.
While word of mouth about the forum is great, we know we can reach more families who are wondering where the parents (and parent figures) that “look like them” are, through our website. We want our community to grow because what we have experienced so far has been amazing. Why hog the goodness when we can share it? Our goal for the new year is to be the go-to source for parents seeking an alternative place to call home. To be a site where new or seasoned parents can read articles that resonate with their own life experiences – from book reviews for your young punks, to playlists to soothe your mom brains or learning how to make an evening meal to feed your family with five bucks in your pocket. To do this, we need more articles, and for that, we need more writers. Most importantly, we want to be legit and compensate the writers, as well as the photographers and helpers along the way.
Here is where you come in, friends. Here is where we, humbly, ask you for help. Help us take Punky Moms a step further! Help us extend our support to other parents. Help us broaden our reach.
For the next two weeks we will be throwing a sales drive. You know how when you’re listening to NPR and they come on and interrupt all your good shows to ask you to donate? Yeah, it’s like that, except we’re not interrupting anything here and we’re not asking for handouts. We’re asking you to help by going to our shop and purchasing our rad products already in stock. (Sadly, we do not have Ira Glass to guilt you into it) We want to bring you more content and articles and also more new products, including the shirts you have been begging us for, and your purchases now will make that happen. We are not looking to make money from this, we never have. All profits from the sales will continue to go back into Punky Moms. We already have donation level packs, as well as a WHOLE STORE with some sweet Punky Mom Gear in stock.
The sales from the stock and donation packs listed below will make our goal happen.
As you can see, funds are slowly coming in from the sales at our new shop and that is great! It means more money is getting put back into Punky Moms and its improvement. THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED SO FAR!
However, if you insist on throwing cash our way with nothing in return, you can donate directly below and we will kiss your feet next time we see you for being such a philanthropist for the great Punky cause. No amount is too small, we know we are asking a lot.
So, can we count on you?
If yes, share our love letter video and let your friend’s know you have supported us today!
PS. If you live outside of the US and would like to place an order, please contact Paula directly at [email protected] to discuss shipping options.