I have the best readers ever
I was really hesitant to publish my post yesterday.
It unfortunately seems to be true that anytime you ask for parenting advice online – or any advice, actually – you’re basically issuing an open invitation to Internet trolls everywhere to come and be mean to you – and to each other.
I was waiting for comments calling me a terrible mother. Calling me fat (because that’s always an easy thing to toss in.) Telling me that they feel bad for my kids.
I wondered if my readers would understand that just because I don’t really want to see my 6-year-old before 6 am that I love seeing him as often as possible after 6 am.
I wondered if people would really understand that I love my kids. I wondered if I would be judged. Or – even worse – I wondered if my readers would start judging each other…
So I was definitely hesitant to publish my post yesterday.
And then I watched as the comments came pouring in – both on my blog and on Facebook.
And – WOW!
Your suggestions and advice ran the gamut – from rewards to discipline. From parents and grandparents. Some people said I should spank him. Some people said I should pull him into bed and snuggle him.
Some people said he needed tough love.
Others said he just needed love.
And several people suggested a gate. Or stickers. Or signs. Or all of the above.
Every single comment was thoughtful. Every comment came from a place of someone truly trying to offer help and advice.
And despite some hugely different approaches to the best way to handle this situation – not a single person said anything disrespectful to me or to another reader.
There were no fights.
There were no judgements.
There was no name calling.
I’ve never been prouder to have such a huge community of amazing women here at My Life and Kids.
I mean – seriously? You all made my entire day!
Thank you for being the best readers on the entire planet.
Thank you for being so respectful of each other.
And thank you for being you!
Not to get all schmoopy on you, but how amazing would it be if the entire internet was full of wonderful, positive, uplifting people like YOU?
Oh – and PS – Thanks for the awesome parenting advice too! I’ll be sure to keep you posted on what we try and how it works!
Update: I just closed comments on that post. People were still being kind – but I started getting comments from escort services. And that’s usually a sign to shut it down.