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Kumbaya, Y'all! Parent Your Kids Your Own Way

Listen my friends, there’s been a lot of ahem, discussion around these parts lately about what’s right and wrong in the land of parenting.

I just want to say this: Parent your own way.

Disagree with others, write your blog comments, and then go back into the world and parent the best way you know how. You know your kids better than anyone.

As for us bloggers, we’re far from experts. We’re people who supposedly “write good” and have opinions. We’re storytellers. Sometimes we get a pat on the back for writing our truth, other times we’re raked over the coals for it. Hey, we signed up for this gig. And let it be said right here, most bloggers thrive on a little intellectual parenting debate. So long as you’re talking, we’re listening.

There are bloggers on this very channel that I disagree with pretty regularly, but isn’t that to be expected? We’re each parents walking very different paths.

It takes all kinds, friends.

Every one of us will raise children who have to go out into the world prepared to fight the good fight. Our kids will possess their own opinions and values developed from the home life we’ve provided. I can’t possibly know who among us is doing the best or even the most questionable job. All I know is that we share one very important thing: We all love our kids.

So while I believe in the occasional spank, Marinka; think church is important, Buzz, and I don’t know what it’s like to date, Christine, I respect you for parenting your own way.

Dearest readers, when you invest your time and keystrokes with a thoughtful comment, we care about what you have to say. While I can’t speak for every blogger, you’ve helped a lot of us answer tough parenting questions, reevaluate our thinking, and even change our minds. When you choose to share your stories, we learn too.

So hey, go out there and kick some parenting ass, y’all…but let’s not kick each other’s.

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