Thursday, January 4, 2018

World of Writer Mom's Ten Commandments for Effecting Positive Change

Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom

I'm just gonna put this out there to you. As an advocate, I believe it's important to not only draw attention to a concern or issue of our times, but to provide concrete examples of what we can do to effect positive change. 

I follow some writers who are great about posting the things that are going wrong in our world, that we're all going to hell in a hot minute because there are so many sinners, that social injustice and racial inequality is rampant in our communities, and that "insert label/stereotype here" have no clue about the real facts.

Sometimes writers provide facts and evidence. Sometimes personal opinions and experiences guide their comments. Sometimes commenters validate their less than inspiring expressions using religious sources. (I have purposefully abstained from citing specific religions/types of comments.)

I also follow some writers who inspire change, provide concrete examples and anecdotal references related to specific concerns, and best of all...these writers give workable, realistic strategies for us to consider. 

A favorite quote of mine:

"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life."
~ Sister Mary Rose McGeady, Children's Advocate

Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom

World of Writer Mom's Ten Commandments
 for Effecting Positive Change

To effect positive changes requires a commitment
 to some key concepts.

1. Facts/Valid links for research

2. Examples of situations/How it makes us feel (Anecdotal references) Avoid name calling, labeling, and stereotypes.

3. Statement of specific concern/problem 

4. Identify possible solutions/strategies

5. Identify goals and measurable outcomes

6. Participate in plan of action

7. Follow up with progress and results.

8. Ensure supports and resources for continuation of plan.

9. Understand short term versus long term goals of change.

10. Encourage on going process and evaluation even when it feels slow.

These are the things that require a strong, patient, and consistent leader. Something to think about.

Personal Awareness Tips

What kind of changes do you hope to lead this year?

What kind of changes do you hope to support this year?

What kind of tone and attitude do you plan to promote?

How will you choose to respond to those who engage in name calling, divisive behaviors, and actions without solutions?

Personal Plan
My plan for today was to write this post.

My plan for tomorrow: Write a post that will give a specific example of one way to address a current topic of concern.

Hoping you will join me and let me know your thoughts too.
Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom

 Kindest Wishes,
Mary (Mom of Three plus several "Bonus" children)


  1. These are so on point! Love!

  2. This was great! Those commandments are things that everyone should think about and incorporate to their daily lives. The world would be a much better place!

    1. Thanks for your comment,Jessica! I appreciate you!



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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.