BEREA - It started out as just a thought in the mind of a mom in Berea.
What if moms judged each other less and helped each other more?
Colleen Carter’s "Judge Free Moms" Facebook page was born.
“This is my passion project,” said Carter.
It was just Iast August when Colleen juggled kids and and an oversized grocery cart, knocked over a shelf of pastries, and felt the judgment spill over.
"Totally! I felt the eyes. You just feel like you're in the spotlight for the wrong reason," said Cater.
That was the genesis of "Judge Free Moms."
Carter's blog and Facebook page has exploded with like-minded moms.
"We are the moms who laugh at ourselves, who know its ok to make mistakes. We know there are going to be epic fails and there are going to be really good wins," said Carter, and laughs and adds,“we want to reaffirm that we're not nuts!"
Keeping it real is what Colleen Carter does so well.
She read out loud her "Judge Free Moms" post before a WKYC Channel 3 News crew came over to see the making of a judge free mom.
"Ummm..ha ha I said getting my house ready for WKYC. Let’s just say it's going to take me a week to find where I hid all my crap. I do my best cleaning at crunch time,” read Carter.
Which explains how the dirty fish bowl WITH the fish in it ended up stashed in the pantry.
"It became this snowball effect," says Carter.
3 months after starting "Judge Free Moms," almost 5 thousand women have joined the group from just about every state and 4 countries.
Carter is also garnering attention from beyond the blog.
Publications like Huffington Post have picked up her articles..
“If we can make little steps to understand each other and love each other more and support each other, these little ripples become waves. I’m a better mom. I’m a better woman now because I look at other women differently from reading their posts," says Carter.