A site for creative people who write and read about raising children
April 2016
Short story competition 2015

“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.”*

Having children reminds us of the changing nature of ourselves and our world. Before children entered my life, years could go by and I would usually have external events to mark them. Now, years are remembered for my children’s birth or ages, and our experiences together. Their growth seems rapid and shockingly sudden – now their legs are so long! – and my time with them is all the more precious for knowing that.

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* Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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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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