Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Long Goodbye

~ A. A. Milne
I admit that this post is way overdue. 

Perhaps, that's because every time I sat down to write it there was a part of me that couldn't quite say what had to be said. 

My children had just turned three when I began this blog - the original intention being that it would simply be a placeholder for all the information I'd collected over time so I could just point a struggling parent who reached out to me to the appropriate page, instead of writing and rewriting the same information into emails endlessly. 

Somehow, it turned into so much more. I got to connect with thousands (thousands!) of parents who were on a similar path. I learned an unbelievable amount about myself - both as a parent and, simply, as a person. I gained confidence in my ability to love, support, and guide my children toward becoming everything they could be. I struggled and cried and felt like I was failing at times, but sharing it here was the best kind of therapy - a way to help others while I helped myself. 

I've made amazing friends and have been given many wonderful opportunities because of this blog. I've been so blessed to have somehow fallen into a circle of truly dedicated, brilliant, and inspiring bloggers, authors, and educators who generously shared what I wrote and who offered me a chance to write for other sites and publications. My deepest gratitude to all of you. 

But now, my kids are 8 1/2. They're old enough that I feel much less comfortable writing about them - even if it's in the context of me working through my own parenting struggles. At this age these are really their stories to tell. 

It's been hard to let go of something I worked on for so long. But I have to follow my heart and I can't force a passion for this when it no longer exists. My apologies to anyone who's subscribed recently - and there've been a surprising amount of you! The blog will stay up for the foreseeable future so the information won't be lost. My Facebook & Twitter pages are gone, but my Pinterest page is still up - although I no longer add to it. 

You've been such a wonderful community of parents. Knowing how many of you are out there learning about respectful parenting makes me so hopeful for this youngest generation of children. You all deserve a great deal of praise for the hard work you're doing - it may feel like a drop in the bucket, but I have no doubt we can change the world. Thank you for making your children such a priority. And thank you for letting me be even a small a part of your parenting journey.

And so, this is goodbye. 
With love,
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