Many of you know that I write a parenting column and have been writing about abuse issues lately. I have been receiving many angry comments on those articles from parents who believe that the only way to raise good children is to use violence to “train” them.
But this post is not about them. This post is about you.
It has been hard during the past couple of weeks to deal with all of this nastiness — to read the heartbreaking advice of the Pearls, to get the hateful comments, to imagine the lives of the children being raised this way.
What has helped me again and again is to focus on you, and I wanted to thank you.
- For wanting to raise not just good children, but happy ones.
- For teaching with your words and your example.
- For knowing that parenthood means sometimes having messy houses and noisy kids.
- For being human and trying again when you’re less than perfect (and we all are!).
- For cherishing childhood and imagination.
- For doing crafts.
- For playing make believe.
- For giving hugs, advice and second chances.
- For letting kids be kids.
- For having houses full of laughter and love.
- For having empathy and kindness.
- For bringing more goodness into the world.
I am so uplifted by all of the fabulous mothers and fathers I’ve met through this blog, on the net and in my life.
I love the way you love your children. I love your spirits. I love reading your comments and knowing that you’re raising a generation of children who feel loved and happy and want to make the world a brighter place.
Thank you. 🙂