A site for creative people who write and read about raising children
November 2014
Short story competition 2015

“We learn... patience, self-sacrifice, the willingness to repeat endlessly the small routine chores of socialising a human being. We are also ... flooded with feelings both of love and violence intenser and fiercer than any we had ever known.”*

The extremes of a mother’s feelings are part of the reason that both inspired and drove me to debut this website back in November 2005. Any parent would be familiar with the often irrational surges of emotion (positive or negative) that can be brought on by a child’s behaviour or experiences. As I enter the third phase of child rearing (adolescence) I pause to be grateful for having come this far. I am both proud and thankful.

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* Of Woman Born, Motherhood as experience and institution, Adrienne Rich, 1976, Virago


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Being a parent
is a bit like riding an express train, don't you think?

Hurtling from one day to the next, sometimes it feels like time just rushes by.

Parenting can be exhilarating, joyful, bittersweet, maddening or exhausting – sometimes a combination of all these emotions in one day! And then our babies leave home, flee the nest… it can be devastating, a blessed relief or both!

Parenting can also erode our sense of ourselves as creative people. Although a labour of love, raising children can be monotonous and isolating,

...that’s why we all need to express ourselves.

Parenting Express gives a voice to parents and others who care for children. If you write creative nonfiction, poetry or fiction about your experiences of giving birth and the challenges and rewards of raising the next generation, we want to hear from you.

Anne-marie Taplin - About this website
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