Last week a new website went online, www.parenthoodstories.com. To start off their website they organized a contest in which authors were challenged to write a story between 400 – 4000 words, with a mother as the central character.
Unfortunately, my entry didn’t win, but I was happy to learn that it was well received by the jury. I enjoyed writing my story a lot, and although I don’t have children of my own yet, I find the mission of this website very important.
Promoting good parenthood will hopefully help children all over the world. Right now it’s too early to tell how much of an impact this website will have, but I like the idea that I contributed at least a little bit to that.
I value every child as a precious life that deserves to be protected and nurtured. No matter how small the overall contributions of this website might be, I consider it a big win for children worldwide.
I may live in a First World country where children are supported in their basic needs, but there are many countries where this is not the case. On top of that, child abuse also happens in my own country, and it breaks my heart to see innocent children abused, twisting their personalities into something ugly, that, in time, will only cause the cycle to repeat itself.
My entry, ‘Learning to let go’, revolves around a young mother with an autistic son, and the challenges she faces in life. Raising children is difficult enough as it is, but raising a child with a physical or mental handicap is even more difficult. My story centers around a mother who needs to bring her son to kindergarten for the first time in his life.