A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Parenting (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
Parenting is one skill that none of us ever completely masters. Books on how to be a good parent line book store shelves as those with children search for the best advice on how to do the parenting job correctly. Is there any one correct way to be a parent?
A memoir about being a parent has a great many possibilities since there are so many different stories out there. A writer can tell about being a child of parents or the parent of a child. There are even the story permutations of what their own parents experienced with their parents. A memoir writer could spend a career discussing their experiences related to the world of parenting.
As with any memoir topic, the parenting stories can be sheer entertaining fun or a serious look at bad parenting or the tragedies that even good parents sometimes face. Think about your own experiences growing up. Your parents had their theories and methodology concerning raising children. Perhaps you envied a friend because they had parents who seemed so perfect. No parents are perfect just as seemingly bad parents often mean well in their efforts.
Your parenting stories might be similar to the stories that others tell or they might be completely different. Think about your stories of having parents and being a parent. What is it that others might find interesting? How might others relate to your stories? Start writing down your stories and see if the inspiration is there to write an interesting memoir about your own life experience in regard to parents and parenting.
Do you have good memories about growing up? Did your parents tell you stories about their own parents? Was there a good friend that you had whose family made you feel like you were part of their's?