A site for creative people who write and read about raising children
March 2014
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“... And with children all your job hunger just ... softened away, like water spilt into sand. You struggled for so long to come to terms with it. Fought hard. But motherhood slowed you, loosened you, evened you; addled you with tiredness and forced you to relinquish control. Eventually you gave in. Children won.”*

This quote leapt off the page when I read Nikki’s book, because it spoke to me so succinctly, wisely and somehow kindly of the change in a woman after the birth of a child. As much as you might rage at wanting back your independence or your life before children, as mothers we all know it’s impossible. Embrace the ride and enjoy the moment – for soon they’ll be leaving the nest.

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* © from Nikki Gemmel’s The book of Rapture, 2009

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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.

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