As today was the day my mum was admitted to hospital due to taking an overdose and today, is hopefully the day she allows me to get her into rehab. For anyone suffering with addiction, or loving a person who is, be vocal. Take your dirty laundry outside and let people help you clean it.
Jonathan, Iliana and Hannah are spreading a message of family, passion and resilience. They are determined to be the best they can be. When the lights are out and the curtains fall, they have each other to rely on. "All that's missing right now is a good stepmom in our lives," says Jonathan.
So why have I - a grumpy, balding, man whose poor sleeping habits have caused the speed of my ageing to accelerate during the tail end of my twenties - embraced the selfie? Because I get a masochistic kick out of watching myself decline, watching myself move towards death.
To date raising all the children is the most rewarding thing I've ever done. It's been an honour for me to have raised them the best I could. I can honestly say hand on heart I've given it my best shot - also to watch them become happy adults has been everything I had hoped for.
It was a wonderful experience and I loved every minute. My very fair Scottish skin did not take too kindly at all to the glorious sun... My face developed what I felt at the time were the ugliest freckles. They were huge and sporadic. They had no regular path or shape. If they had I may not have been so conscious of them.
I tried to tell a friend for comfort and she told me I was a potential danger to her child so needed to stay away. I was devastated. I did not know what to say and simply withdrew further into my mental anguish, staying away from everyone like a shamed hermit. Silenced again by another person's opinion which I valued dearly at the time.
At age 15 he was in the 95th percentile of boys in his age group in our city in the UK, in terms of academic ability. And I made the decision to take him out of his highly sought after place at the boys' grammar school and move to Spain.
As a parent of teenagers, going away over the Easter Holiday or the May Half Term for any substantial period of time is simply not an option as these are the key revision periods for the exam season, which is now just around the corner.
This week is Parkinson's Awareness week and I will be blogging about my experience as the partner of a person with Parkinson's. My fiancé Ryan was diagnosed in 2015 at 36 with Early Onset Parkinson's Disease.
Our long weekend was possible only because of the availability of respite care, arranged through West Sussex County Council, for whom we work as foster carers. Our children were able to stay with approved, experienced foster carers who make their home available to give full-time foster carers like us a break when we need it.
In the last part of the adoption process, before we were officially matched, everything seemed to hang in the balance because nothing was official until the matching panel, where (very knowledgeable and kind) strangers would decided if we were the right match for the children we'd never met but had all ready fallen in love with.
Next month sees the annual pageant of the Palace of Westminster's State Opening of Parliament. Alongside the traditional regal razzamatazz comes the Queen's announcement of a list of the government's plans for new laws.
Having spent a lot of time over the past few years travelling and living abroad, I now have lots of friends and family with small kids living far away from me. I used to find it really hard to stay in touch and feel connected with my nieces, nephews and godchildren.
The internet is awash with wild tales of expat life, all the money and glamour and luxuries, but we were (and still are) entirely disinterested in becoming the stereotype. We just wanted to take a great opportunity, save a bit of cash (hopefully), and set our family up for a more secure future than the UK was able to offer us.
This got me thinking about some simple whole-family activities and fun we can all be enjoying with kids this Easter. Put down the electronics, step away from the television and go after some good old fashioned Easter fun! We should all have some time off over the upcoming bank holidays and Easter break, so here are some Easter activities everyone can enjoy:
These days you will be hard pressed to find a child who doesn't have access to technology - a device that is permanently glued to their nose and the only 'toy' that will keep them entertained without screaming down the house to be quiet.