We've all been there, a drunk person/three-year old will shout things at us while we simply try to dress them, stop them peeing on themselves or attempt to wipe bodily fluids off them. We tell ourselves they don't mean it really.
It's not just a mother's kiss that can kill, it is anyone who visits a newborn baby. It's not just a death sentence, but for those babies who survive, it can mean acute lifelong disabilities, liver damage and severe brain damage caused by meningoencephalitis. This is entirely preventable if you would share this story and encourage others to do so too.
I'm going to brave and tell you that, as a stay at home dad, I believe I have more responsibilities than a woman in my position. You see I've taken on the role of caregiver and homemaker, but a lot of my old responsibilities, the stereotypical ones you might expect of a man, still remain.
Can I be honest? I feel like that person. You know, the scientist at mission control after the rocket has launched and is successfully in orbit? Everyone else is dancing around, cracking out the Whiskey. The camera pans back to me. I'm still chewing my finger nails looking at the screen on my desk making rapid calculations on a yellow pad.
I don't want this post to imply that parents shouldn't worry about screen time. To the contrary, I think excessive screen time is one of the biggest new risks facing children today. The evidence is very clear, children who spend excessive time glued to screens and don't as a result have sufficient time to spend in active or social play in the real world tend to suffer.
Like most of my friends, I waited till my mid thirties to procreate. My body was more than ready, but mentally I was just about there. Whatever medicine, or medics tell us, no woman can put down roots until she is ready. And at 35, I was only just about there, but I also knew the risks that being 'older' would bring with it.
Who knew poo and wee would become our life when we had kids? If we're not covered in it, we are stressing out in public about it. Do you find you are on repeat when asking the toddler if they need the toilet?
Watching your son grow up is a great joy. Watching your son prepare to leave home is a journey of tiny painful steps. He used to call me when he left school and he would chat on the phone until he arrived home and could tell me all about his day in person. Now I'm not always sure if he is in the house.
'Relax', they say, 'it'll happen when you stop thinking about it'. I'm trying, I really am. But how do you strike a balance between optimising your chance of getting pregnant and staying sane?
Bringing up bilingual children is very much the same, but this kind of commitment must come from both the parents and the children, because it always requires an extra effort to speak a foreign language, whether it is spoken at home or not, whether it is natural or not.
You know the score. You're in a rush to get out the door. You need to drop the kids off at school, pre-school or childcare. Then you have to make it to work or to an appointment on time. Or you just generally need to be somewhere.
Striving for perfection is exhausting. I found myself trying to be everything at once: the strict dad, the caring dad, the helper of homework and fixer of bikes. You can only keep that up for so long before you make yourself ill, before becoming enveloped in an emotional sandstorm.
Time heals all wounds. I believe this. I'll never forget him but remembering John-Ian in the right way has helped me move on. John Ian formed a big part of who I am but he also gave me so much in such a short period of time
It is nice to encourage breastfeeding, of course it is. But not ever to the extent that anyone is made to feel panicked or vulnerable, or anyone is encouraged to make a decision that puts them or their baby at risk.
Buying corporate gifts, being entrusted to make the right choice to convey the company's sentiments is a big responsibility. It is important to get it right and to hit the right note, never more so than when sending congratulations on the birth of a baby or to mark the start of maternity leave.
Improving the wellbeing of children is about listening and taking concerns seriously. One way England could do this would be to follow the example of Northern Ireland and Wales, where every school has a counsellor.
My personal experience has proven to me that fathers or male guardians and mentors have a fundamental role to play in securing that seat at the big boys' table for their daughters. If I can sit in endless meetings being the only woman in the senior management - I owe it to my father.
Being in my late thirties with a toddler to chase after, I felt exhausted during the second pregnancy and absolutely wiped out after the birth. It was a physical and mental challenge going from one to two.