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Hartland Moms Gathering on Newly Formed Facebook Page

More than 250 already participating in group started by area resident Amy Roach.

As a mom, communication with the outside world is always a small treat during days when sometimes the most interesting conversations I have include debating the survival chances of a lizard versus a snake. That is why Facebook was such a blessing to me years ago when the ability to communicate via comment sections and “Like” buttons while scrolling through someone else’s vacation pictures help alleviate the occasional isolation factor of parenting.

These days, Facebook continues to evolve and grow and — I’m not ashamed to admit — also feeds my silent addiction of Sorority Life. I am fierce in that game!

Facebook has also, however, helped create a smaller world for me as more people continue to come up with practical ideas on how to make Facebook applicable in our everyday, real lives.

Local mom, Amy Roach is one of those people who took a simple idea and turned it into something of a Hartland sensation over the past week. Hartland moms are now flocking to her newly created page of the same name that is a smorgasbord of questions, school tips and local announcements that every mom wants to know, but in typical fashion, may be afraid to ask. 

“We just really wanted a place where we could ask our silliest questions,” said Roach, who also maintains "Mommie or Bust," a blog about adoption.

“Like right now I just saw a question on there, my kids go to do they take lunch boxes or brown bags now? Its just stuff like that.”

With already more than 250 members and growing, the mom population of Hartland has a new open forum where they are able to post dozens of other helpful questions like this one from one local mom:

I have a kindergartener who wants to play basketball more than anything. Hartland Community Ed and SELCRA do not offer anything for his age. Any suggestions?

Or important announcements like this:

If any of you have a 5th or 6th grade girl at Farms this year, we have a girl’s on track team this fall! Sign up on-line. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Roach, however, had another motive other than a simple question and answer board when she came up with the idea of the Hartland Moms page. With her oldest child going to Farms this year, Roach realized that new problems and issues would come up and the need for new connections to help her navigate the unfamiliar new waters would be necessary.

"I realized how much I counted on the moms I was friends with, but most of them were moms," Roach said. "I started realizing that we’re kind of starting over. He doesn’t know anything, I don’t know anything. Wouldn’t it be nice if I knew some people?"

The moms on the page understand this ulterior motive and the need for it as well. Most are excited by the possibilty that connections will be made, new friendships will spark and support will be found- just by being thrown together in the online world.

"I was so excited to find this group today," Angelina Krentz, a local mom and member of the Facebook group wrote. "I can see it becoming one more addition to my children's "village." It's great to have a conversation with our peers, to bounce off ideas, to share resources, that we might not be able to do otherwise. Sadly who has time to chat, or for that matter, get acquainted, when we're waiting for the kids, or dropping them off here and there. Hopefully these virtual friendships can take off i.r.l. too."

For Roach, the instant success of her new page makes her happy and while she admits that the idea seems so simple, she says that judging by the constant stream of posts filling the page on a daily basis, there was obviously a need to help bring more local moms together.

"The more excited they are, the more they are going to put things on there that we all want to know," Roach said. "We all want to know when underwear is on sale at Target, stuff like that."

Already, Hartland Moms has become a regular spot for me as I navigate my Facebook page. So after checking my news feed, wall posts and of course my Sorority Life, I can now click over and scroll through the day's events in Hartland via the mom voice.

“I am a child care provider in my home,” Amy Diegal from wrote. “I do not get out of the house often (except for grocery shopping and running my three girls to dance, swim, 4-H, etc.) The Hartland Moms site keeps me posted on current happenings in the area. What I enjoy most is being in touch with other Moms!”

Since the Facebook page is a closed group, anyone interested in joining can be added by other members of the group, or by sending a request to join located at the top of the groups page. All local moms will be included and welcomed.

Reminder: The Patch Moms Group will be meeting 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at . Please join us and share ideas, possible news stories and coffee.

Elisa Bidus July 17, 2012 at 09:56 AM
NOTE - This comment will be in two parts because of the length. I did not want to condense it. PART I When I told some of my friends I was going to write this commentary, they said not to make waves, just let it go and get over it. Others said, they applauded me for presenting the negatives and having the guts to expose unfairness. I have never been a follower or one to go with the crowd just to be popular. Everyone should be allowed to express a point of view, even if it isn't the position of the majority. With that said I want everyone to know that Hartland Moms Facebook Group was supposed to be an informational page to let moms of Hartland School students know what is going on at school and in the community. This is how it was advertised when I and other friends joined it. It does present information about the schools and activities to join and participate in. However, if you pose a suggestion or disagree with an opinion of one of the six administrators on this group, you are out. Even if the opinion that you have is on another Facebook page that has nothing to do with Hartland Moms and any of them become aware of it, you are kicked out.
Elisa Bidus July 17, 2012 at 09:56 AM
PART II You are accused of bashing the group and they even post on their wall informing the remaining members not to disclose what is being said about you, even though it is behind your back. This is too bad because when Amy started this she said it was for ALL moms of Hartland students. I found out, as well as others who were removed, that it is for ALL moms of Hartland students who don’t disagree, voice an independent or unpopular opinion and decide not to be a crowd follower. What a coincidence that these are all the same complaints of someone who is being bullied. Also, if these same six administrators or their friends are associated with other groups on Facebook with the word Hartland in front of them, you are not allowed to join or participate in these either once you are exiled from Hartland Moms. I thought Mark Zuckerberg owned Facebook but I guess I was wrong.
sadly true July 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability.[2][3] The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. Adults can be bullys too. "You have to do it THIS way" is a form of bullying. It is an unfortunate reality when dealing with the admin of this group. We all sit back and watch these women "control" what is going on and protect what is what they consider "their job" a "its a very difficult job trying to control the personalities of over 800 woman" on of the admins recently sent to a friend of mine. Control these women? There are only about 30 active members. These "admins" are a tight knit group. You know not to cross them. You know if you do they will come after you with a vengeance. We all watched it with another member. They viciously went after her trying to ruin her reputation. You know who I am talking about. Thankfully one of the worst is moving soon. I can't tell you how many people have said this to me. It is like their own little click of High school mean girls.
Barbara Krueger July 22, 2013 at 03:27 PM
HERITAGE DAY in Hartland will be Saturday September 21, 10 am- 4 pm. Vendor spots are available for individuals, community nonprofit groups and for commercial businesses. The application form is available on the Hartland Community Council web site, under Events and Activities. http://hartlandcommunitycouncil.org/index.html Vendors must supply their own tables and tents, and the road will be closed to vehicular traffic. Everyone is encouraged to dress in somewhat historical attire. Hartland area merchants are encouraged to have a scarecrow on display the week prior. WANTED are quilters and fiber people to display their work, AND demonstrate, at Hartland United Methodist Church from 10-noon, and 1-4. Contact Barbara Krueger at 248-887-1283 WANTED are people to demonstrate all types of crafts: woodworkers, wood carvers, knitters, weavers, and others. You are able to sell your items. Please get the application form on the web site. HERITAGE DAY PHOTO CONTEST: The 2nd Heritage Day photo contest application form is on Hartland Community Council web site. http://hartlandcommunitycouncil.org/index.html The photos will be displayed on the 2nd floor of Cromaine Library, beginning September 6. Other activities will include the opening pet parade, face painting, “living” tours in Hartland Cemetery, tractor/wagon tours of the Village area, Museum will be open, 4-H petting zoo, food will be available ($), open house at the Music Hall, Civil War reenactors, strolling Barber Shop quartet, pet parade, games, and MORE. Questions, contact Hartland Area Community Council at 248-887-1283.

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