Gazing into a beloved infant’s face can fill a sore and tired heart, can raise flagging spirits and soothe a troubled soul. Reading these wise and beautiful words written almost one hundred years ago brings back to me the reality that the love we feel, as parents, for our children is timeless and universal.
* © from Elizabeth Cady Stanton (leader of the 19th Century American woman’s suffrage movement and mother of five sons)
Last updated 02 December 2013.
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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
About my book
Read excerpt from The Divided Heart, Art and Motherhood on the topic of creativity and motherhood
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