For its first edition, the prize’s scientific committee chose the project presented by Dr Hélène Kempf, paediatrician in Maubeuge and president of the Centre Social des Trois-Faubourgs community centre. Entitled “Mummy and me on holiday”, »this project has helped to reinforce mother-child bonds on holiday with approximately thirty people during the summer of 2007.
“The holiday helped to become aware in a practical way of the difficulties met by mothers in the areas of parental authority, which is often non-existent; diet, generally not very healthy; and of the rhythm of life, the children’s sleep sometimes sacrificed to hours spent in front of the television’”, explains Dr Kempf. This was therefore a true accompaniment in parenthood. The mothers – often single – were involved in the preparation of the trip. Then, once on holiday, they were left in charge of organising leisure activities and evenings (no television allowed!), managing the budget, preparing meals, cleaning the holiday home and ensuring normal hours were respected (no going to bed at 2 o’clock in the morning, for example).