Well, we did it, despite what everyone told us would happen if we didn’t listen to their, “advice.” We raised one human to adulthood and he is thriving and happy, despite the many warnings by those who didn’t think it was possible to raise a child with partnership, respect and freedom.
Devin never slept in a crib, cried-it-out, or was separated from me, when he didn’t want to be. He was never punished, sent to institutionalized school or made to do things he didn’t want to do. He was never grounded or shamed. He never had anything taken away from him to, “teach him a lesson.” He was never forced to do schoolwork of any kind, or learn anything that he didn’t want to learn. He was never graded, compared, tested, measured or had his mind poked and prodded, against his will. His fears were always respected and his passions were always ignited.
To those who have supported us on this incredible ride of raising Devin, thank you! For those of you who didn’t believe it was possible and criticized and judged us, thank you. It was all of you who motivated us to continue trusting, supporting, ignoring the ignorance and embracing the love.
Oh, and to the media outlets who have met Devin, judged us, laughed at us, sensationalized our lives and twisted reality to serve your audience and agenda, I also say, thank you. I feel compelled to share a friendly, in your face, F.U., because of Devin’s kind and loving choice and willingness to be in the spotlight, since he was six years old, graciously welcoming you into our home and educating you all about his unique life.
With that said, and after all Devin has done to help shift the world towards more freedom and peace for children, everywhere…
F*ck you, Dr. Phil
F*ck you, Juju Chang
F*ck you, Forrest Sawyer
F*ck you, Bethenny Frankel
F*ck you, Nightline
F*ck you, Fox News
F*ck you, Today Show
F*ck you, CNN
F*ck you, 60 Minutes
F*ck you, OWN Network
F*ck you, Wife Swap
and a special, “Thank you,” to Jeff Probst, for being the only voice of support and respect for Devin, in all of our media coverage in the last 12 years.
Happy 18th Birthday, to my dear son, Devin. Thank you for being a voice and face to educate the world about what is possible without forcing a child to obey authority, without behavior modification, punishing, controlling, without SCHOOL and without living the authoritarian paradigm!
Congrats for staying alive, despite living the peace, love and FREEDOM that you have always deserved. THANK YOU for trusting and believing in our lives and continuing to do so. I love you, son and I am so proud of the man you have become!
Peace & Love, Mom