Parenting is wonderful, though challenging at times. Undoubtedly, it is the most fulfilling ex
perience of an entire lifetime. On all levels, mental, physical and emotional, parents get pulled and stretched and overwhelmed by the love and charm of their little darlings.
The old cliché that parenthood changes everything is indeed true. Your focus shifts and your own whims are no longer of any significance. These little people have you in the palm of their cute little hands and you would do just about anything to love, protect and care for them.
Naturally, on off-days, on days when you are tired or stressed, parenting can be hard work. You feel like you are not coping, you believe that other parents are doing a much better job and you just don’t think that you are up to it. We’ve both felt like that, but have since discovered that the best way to get over any kind of parenting woes is to talk to other parents. When you do vent your frustration
to other mums and dads, you soon realise that they would often feel the same and you come away thinking that you are doing a pretty good job after all.
Demetrius and I often talk about this and perhaps that is one of the reasons we set up this website. We just wanted to create a meeting place for parents where everyone can honestly and openly discuss the joys as well as the trials and tribulations of parenting. Our two little darlings, Alec and Gaia, know exactly how to wrap us around their little fingers, but we feel ever so privileged for having them.
When we met, neither of us really wanted to have children, we would have been too young anyway. In your twenties, you just value your own independence and relish the freedom of singledom. All of this changes when you fall in love and
come to realise that you do after all want kids and family life. In the end, it didn’t take long for Demetrius and I to ditch the single-life, get married and start a family.
Now, we couldn’t imagine life without the kids. I’m a happy stay-at-home mum and Demetrius works in IT. Both of us are entirely focused on the kids and make sure they get the best possible start in life. We try and spend as much time together as we possibly can.
Our extended family is scattered far and wide and that is another reason for setting up this website. All of our friends and family can go onto the site and find out what the kids are up to and how we are all doing.
www.expressiveparents.com is a website designed by parents for parents. We used the word “expressive” in our web address to “express” just how strongly we feel about the need to openly discuss the challenges of parenthood and join together in the joy thereof. There is nothing quite like hearing how other parents have overcome obstacles. Naturally, we also like to share the sunny side of parenting, provide tips and tell other parents about fun activities and ideas.
The reaction has been quite phenomenal and we are glad that we have been able to help and support parents from all over the world. We are also grateful to all those people who have been in touch and have provided us with answers to difficult parenting questions. No doubt, we are learning something new every day and there is real richness and joy in exchanging ideas and discussion solutions to a wide variety of problems.
Gaia and Alec are also excited about this website, and contribute regularly in their own little ways.
You might say, we have created a community of parents that provide support for each other and have fun doing it.
You will find lots of information and tips on this website and if you have something you would like to share, make sure to get in touch.
There is a real depth to the love and joy inherent in parenting and expressing it, is what we are trying to do. Join us on our journey and share your stories too. If we all support each other, we will be better mums and dads and our kids will be all the happier.