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

“The days are long but the years are short.”*

How true these wise words are. How well they encapsulate that, simultaneously, a day alone with children can feel as if it will never end, or as if you are marooned in Motherland with only a glimpse of your former life on the horizon – and then you look up into the eyes of your child and suddenly they are a grumpy teen staring petulantly back at you. This is how our lives are lived, in the daily minutiae that transforms into years and even decades.

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* A quote from ‘Becoming a mother’ this edition’s book review

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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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