Hello, my lovely readers! I had to thank you for your kind encouragement yesterday and today.
The response to Thursday’s Training Goals by Age post had me discouraged for several reasons. After all the negative feedback, I suddenly felt doubts about my capabilities/future as a mother, a first-time fear/dislike of my readership, and worry that perhaps I’d crossed a line of ‘giving advice’ that I had no right to. However, when I posted my Clarification post yesterday, the outpouring of support was overwhelming. I got texts, personal emails, and so many encouraging comments that it’s going to take me days to respond to them all (I still plan on doing just that though, so check back!).
I will continue to only give advice where I feel qualified to give it, but will not ‘censor’ my posts out of fear of negative responses. So rest assured, your voices have been heard. I was very encouraged and felt so much support and love from you all. This blogging encouragement thing really goes BOTH ways. So thank you.
By the way, I have continued to get both positive and negative feedback on my Ages 1-16 Goals post, something that obviously tapped into a lot of strong feelings about what children should be expected to do and how parents should or should not raise them. However, in the interest of keeping the Mommy Wars to a minimum on my site and so that I can’t be accused of censoring my comments, I will not be publishing any of them. I want my website to be a place of help, refuge and encouragement for all, not a place of arguing over firearm safety or weaning practices.
A big hug to all of you! Thanks for being awesome.