Ultimately though, despite some truly turbulent events in my formative years, there was always one constant in my life, and that was the unconditional love I received from my mother. I'm certain that this was the difference between me going completely off the rails as a teenager and the (I would hope) well-rounded, wise and emotionally developed person I am today.
How many times have you sat down to watch the Olympic Games and thought 'I know exactly how that feels'? Not often right, but perhaps we as parents should. It struck me recently that parenting is actually not dissimilar to this sporting event, with numerous hurdles, sprints and relay's taking place all the time.
Experience of the countryside is all about opportunity for me. It's a chance to look at life boiled down to its simplest form and better still, see things from a different view. Whether a career in the countryside is for you, or you just want to eat great food, one thing is for sure, understanding our environment is a good thing for everybody.
One of our biggest concerns before our little boy Sonny was born was how our jack russell Mario would take to him. The dog has had our undivided attention for the past 9 years and has effectively been our child, but with a few simple adjustments to his lifestyle he seems to have accepted the newcomer to his home.
When you've just found out that you're pregnant with twins the world goes silent for a few moments. It's like an explosion has just gone off in your brain as you deal with this new information. All you can see is the two blobs on the ultrasound screen. Your tongue won't move in your mouth and you can't hear what the sonographer is saying because that last word they uttered has literally blown your mind...
We all wear labels from our past; some are easier to read than others. As parents we have an important role in shaping our children's character and bringing correction when it is needed. But as we do that, let's ensure that above all, what they hear loudly and clearly are positive words that will form their identity and build their character for years to come.
I'm not saying that everyone should give up their tan, if it's fake, safe and makes you happy then by all means, carry on. The same could be said about things like make-up and hair colour, as long as we explain to our young ones that it's all about creativity and having fun rather than it being a necessity to look good in society, why not. But as influencers to younger people I do feel we should be conscious of our actions.
Fancy an exhilarating holiday but Santorini is just a tad out of your budget? Tenerife not really to your taste, but you still crave fun and adventure? If so, then 2016 may be the perfect time for you to take a lauded staycation. No doubt, as every beach craving Brit would, you still have your concerns over what the UK can offer so I've picked out my top 7 reasons why you should take a UK staycation with the kids in 2016.