Hello? Is this thing on?
That’s what I used to wonder when I began this blog. You hit publish and your words disappear off into oblivion. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes we just need to vent, sometimes we want to put things out there just to get them off our chests. Sometimes a wonderful community surrounds you and supports you on your bad days.
Sometimes you say things because you really mean them and the debate that ensues is uplifting and inspiring.
Sometimes you say things to convey the growing pains of being a parent and people tell you that you are wrong. Like Lisa Belkin of the Huffington Post.
Belkin has taken issue with my recent post on Mommyish where I explain that I am not a fan of the words win, penis and girlfriend as far as my three-year-old is concerned. Of course it’s the word penis that is raising eyebrows. I am being asked to defend my position on Huff Post Live tomorrow, but the article got me all wrong. I never proposed “banning” those words. In fact my post said I didn’t think they were “bad words” by any definition. I simply elected not to introduce them to my son at this age. That is my choice as a parent.
The thrust of my Mommyish piece is that my son will have influences other than me throughout his life. I would love to keep him protected forever – from these silly words and so much more – but that isn’t reality. So now it’s time to roll with it.
How do you think I’ll hold up? Will I crumble? Will I have a change of heart? Will I stand my ground? What do you think?