In March of this year (2010), I began this blog. I honestly expected a very limited audience and wrote primarily out of my own need to purge. However, within the first week, 400 people had viewed the site. A month later, Google was indexing the blog and that 400 a week sprang up to 400 a day.
9 months later, we have surpassed 5000 readers a week – on average there are 300 unique views of at least one entry per day. Most of these viewers don’t stop at just one entry either.
What does this mean? Perhaps it means that there is a chance that a few children are going to sleep tonight with a little less fear in the hearts, and fewer bruises on their body and soul. Maybe it means a few less children will grow up damaged. For these children, perhaps love and respect, honor and safety will prevail, and what could be worth more?
To date, I have received confirmation of 7 families who no longer choose to harm their children in the name of discipline and order. To me, this is amazing and is all the incentive I need to keep writing. Confirmed means they communicate with me either via comments or direct email and our conversations include their choice to stop punishing and harming their children, in favor of raising them with love, respect, and admiration. They are actively choosing to stop damaging their kids, stop heaping guilt upon themselves due to the constant struggle and failure following the Pearls (etc..) brings, and stop hurting the little ones that hold our future, in the name of anything (order, good parenting, God). These families are relearning how to be parents, how to be children, how to be a family that loves openly and encourages life and childhood to thrive genuinely and freely.
You keep me going.
The hope that even one child might no longer suffer under the damage and abuse is THE reason I write. That which I experience personally when I actually learn that my hope has taken the shape of reality for one of these kids is beyond words.