Sociologists typically look at the sandwich generation as an ageing phenomenon but, for me, the experience hit me too young. It is only recently that life has started to re-find its equilibrium. Mum's recovery has been slow and taken huge bravery on her part.
In a big family house by the sea, I watch my four-year-old blonde daughter launch herself across the couch to gleefully 'body slam' her doppleganger blonde father. One and the same Mr Happy our sperm donor, Scott is now my husband and Leila's dad.
And it is not just down to unwashed plates and cups in the sink. It is down to life. I have known a few people who expect others to clean up after them in life. They make a mess, walk away from their mess, leaving carnage behind insouciantly because they assume that it is the duty of others to clean up after them.
Prizing kids apart from technology can be like tearing barnacles from rocks fused together. I must stay strong. We will have fun and we will have fun together. So, I inflict a temporary gadget embargo. Reminiscing back to my favourite days as a lad
There rarely seems to be today a teenage girl who posts a photo where she looks the age she is ... or happy with the age she is and the body shape she has been given ... and who can blame them? The culture that is out there is not short of vulgar but we have to, as parents of daughters, try to raise them to have some self-worth and to understand why they shouldn't be posting such provocative shots.
After growing up through and making it out of a recession, despite falling youth unemployment, Generation Z are actively seeking to secure their financial futures as soon as possible.
But let's be honest here, the coolest in the school playground have never viewed chess success as anything other than compensation for not being cool. You either get to be cool, or to be a chess champion, the two can never be compatible. Or so the thinking goes.
They provide that choice to cater for the individuality of our children's feet, yet use targeted marketing to pitch specific products to girls or boys not based on their need, but on a very specific set of stereotypes. After all, what has sex or gender really got to do with school shoes, why have two ranges at all?
Children should be able to understand that feelings such as stress and worry are totally normal and are experienced by many others too. As well as being aware of the various issues they may experience, it's also incredibly important that children know how to access help in order to deal with those issues before they become deep-rooted.
I got absolutely no sympathy from my mother whenever I complained about her grandchildren. She would remind me with a smug grin that I was even worse. "You were a hundred times worse, Jac," she would say cheerily.
There was a moment when I knew, beyond any doubt, what it meant to be your mother. But it wasn't the day you were born. It wasn't the first time I knew about you, even - a long-awaited pink line forming in front of my eyes as I sat, perched on the edge of the cold bath, waiting.
His drive and focus is what keeps him going and we know that whenever he goes away, whether it is for a few days or a few weeks, he'll always be back to make up for lost time. In reality, we're just like any other family where one parent has to have time away with work. It's just that ours involves a little bit more risk and adventure.
Thanks to Homer (Simpson) and his circle, my kids learnt a little about a lot. When we took them to see Hamlet they already knew the plot. Similarly, Great Expectations held no surprises and they practically rolled their eyes when we slapped Spinal Tap into the DVD player.
In a diverse world such as ours, the use of alternative can be confusing. So ahead of Alternative Families Week 2016, what is an alternative family?
One of the best ways to support young people who may be stressed about their exam results is by listening to them. If they seem worried or anxious it can help if they have someone to confide in and feel that they have an opportunity to discuss whatever is worrying them.
They are no longer suffering, I can be thankful for that. However, now that I'm a parent I often find myself thinking, wondering about how they would react to my becoming a mum and the various ups and downs experienced.