To put it bluntly, there will come a Christmas without you. Hopefully, it'll come much later, but it might come sooner. That's not a morbid thought, it's a centering thought. Your kids will always have stuff. They will not always have you.
However, it seems that I too must mumble as when I ask, what I believe to be a simple question, such as "'have you done your homework?" his answer is usually yes, yet at bedtime he suddenly remembers that yep he does have homework triggering an explosive response from me pointing out he said he had, too which he swears he hadn't actually realised what I had meant!
My two best friends are having a baby and I couldn't be more happy for them. I even cried when I saw the first signs of a bump. They are girls and we are boys but we are so similar, maybe that's why we get on so well.
Through no fault of their own, for many couples who have been trying to conceive for a long period of time - often for many months and even years - the actual physical act of sexual intercourse can become quite perfunctory or regimented.
For most of us, we change as people when we become parents. On the whole we grow and become better people. However in the transition period, that change in who we are, our identity, can cause great confusion. Once a confident and independent adult, you begin to question your abilities. Failing it appears, is not an option.
I can't get you better pay or more invaluable hours of support from a teaching assistant. I can't even help with the mountains of paperwork under which you are surely drowning - sorry! But I can show my gratitude - to you and to all teachers, and teaching assistants, who give so much to the children they teach.
They are also pretty intimidating at first though; walking into a room of strangers, fears of cliques and the fact you are transported back to an irrational school child fear that no one will like you
But over the past few years, December 1st has marked the day when your social media feed (if you are friends with many parents) becomes full of images of an elf. In their home doing various activities each day to keep their kids entertained and well behaved until Christmas. Yes people, it's Elf on the Shelf day.
So, if you are thinking of starting a family, it is a great incentive to lose weight. But you have to make sure you do it in a way that is good for you - not by fad dieting which will starve your body of essential nutrients just at the time when you and your unborn child need them most.
When we were first given the diagnosis, I remember going through lots of outdated, clinical information we'd found online, but what I desperately wanted to know was how the day-to-day looked, raising a child with a learning disability.
I'd heard rumours of a magical Elf who visited children in the run up to Christmas and reported their behaviour to Santa every evening. I decided I needed to get me one of those Elves! I was going to get that little arsehole in check if it killed me.
The Bank of Mum and Dad has never been busier. Housing charity Shelter suggests that as well as helping children to fund their lifestyles, parents are increasingly supporting their offspring with bigger ticket purchases such as house deposits. But what about helping their kids onto the career ladder
I am a feminist. I am passionate about striving to achieve gender equality in our communities, politics and organisations. I want my daughters to grow up to reach their potential and not be disadvantaged or overlooked in any way due to being girls. So why can't I change a tyre on my car? And why don't I care?
Pro-actively challenging limiting gender stereotypes through parenting and education from pre-school will help boys survive the limiting norms of masculinity that they're under immense pressure to conform to. Norms that stifle their expression, exploration and stamp out their rich and varied humanity.
As an older mum of a two year old, I sometimes struggle on some bits of parenting. All my friends have older kids and most of the time can't remember or have blocked out when key milestones happened.
Isn't it about time we dads learnt to talk about puberty? About unwanted erections, hormones and changes that happen to women? And to do it without embarrassment and code words, as if any of it were something to be ashamed of?
Christmas can be a stimulating but overwhelming time of the year for a child with speech, language and communication needs. Charities like I CAN offer tips and advice for supporting these children through the festive period.