If you’re a parent, you pretty much have to deal with mixed feelings all the time. It just goes with the territory. Balancing the needs of the wee ones with the overwhelming desire to flop onto the sofa with a glass of something lovely! It’s just a reality of being a mum or dad, and we all struggle with it now and again.

I don’t care what anyone says, some things are sacred. My first coffee of the day is sacred, and having a bit of quiet to drink it – that’s another one.

I still remember when my son was born, an unbelievable 21 years ago. He was my first child and I couldn’t wait to take him out and show him off.

For most parents, the day when their little one can finally play all by themselves is a happy, cherished thought. Just imagine! A moment to think, stretch, even relax!

We’ve all seen the TV ads featuring holidays with mum, dad and baby – gorgeous white beaches, everyone smiling and lazing on hammocks with lovely long drinks, baby all contented as she goes down for the night.

Ok, I’ll admit it right at the start – I really wish I had learned to sign with my babies!