So many feelings, experiences and challenges are integral to the whole experience of being a parent. We have to learn everything from scratch. Sometimes it helps to write about your feelings, to help us work through the minefield of our own family experiences and what we want to pass on to our kids. Sometimes it just helps to have some time out for self-expression.
At Parenting Express we value honesty; this is not the place for the sappy, trite versions of ‘family life’ that surround us. We want to share what it really feels like, on good days and bad.
Your words are welcome! Read what others have to say, then go for it and submit.
“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*
I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves – thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.
* Gloria Steinem