Today I want to talk about the difficulties many parents face in balancing their children's best interests with achieving their own happiness. Quite a serious topic but one that I think has affected many parents to some extent when trying to raise their kids and remain in a happy relationship with their partner.
Parenting can be tough because it's not only exhausting at times, it also holds a mirror right in front of you, forcing you to face you beliefs, hopes and fears; but it's also an amazing experience and there is no shame in admitting that sometimes we have questions as parents, and if we reach out, the answers are indeed there.
When was the last time your children watched a hardcore porn video online? I'm guessing you're all outraged and shouting 'never' but how sure are you about what children are viewing online? Leaving aside any debate about the rights and wrongs of pornography in society let's be clear about one thing. Children shouldn't be seeing it. But with over four million pornographic websites on the internet, an increasing number of children are learning about sex and personal relationships through the warped lens of adult porn.
I found myself writing apologetically that I had taken 'career breaks' around the births of my two daughters. I did not write in big, bold letters 'Mother' the same way I wrote 'PR Manager' or 'Copywriter'. And the more I didn't write 'Mother' in big, bold letters to explain the years 1996-1998 and 2005-2009, the more furious I felt.
We've seen the troubling issue of violence against children accused of witchcraft back in the headlines this week, as the UK Government launches an action plan to tackle it.
It's been a very exciting and emotional two weeks cheering on the Olympians, but the highlight for me was Cameron leaving a legacy of London 2012 beyond even our exceptional haul of medals by hosting a global hunger event bringing together sportspeople and senior politicians from Brazil, Kenya, Bangladesh and India. When he could have been celebrating his twin gold medals elsewhere, instead the Somalia-born Mo Farah was running up a temporary race track outside Number 10 Downing Street to angle his spotlight towards global hunger.
Two presidential portraits hang in the office of Simon Mutai, the deputy-head teacher of Muricho primary school. One shows Daniel Arap Moi, Kenya's former president; the other his successor Mwai Kibaki, the current head of state. In a way the two images symbolise the problem now facing Kenyan schools.
The teenage years, a little like the 'terrible twos', are a stepping stone in the individual's development: from baby to toddler, and from child to young adult. They each indicate the transition from one important stage to a very different one: but why is it often so challenging to deal with teenagers?
Of all the wonderful Olympic moments, I can't decide which to claim that I witnessed first hand. I could go for something obvious, like Mo's 5000m or Jessica Ennis wrapped in the flag. But I am more minded to choose something less-anticipated - yet no less amazing - like Nicola Adams doing the Ali shuffle, or Gemma Gibbons mouthing words of love to her late mother.
Picture, if you will, the scene in every school in the United Kingdom this Autumn. One day, suddenly, a large package is delivered. Inside? A leather-bound volume embossed on the side with 'A gift to schools from the Prime Minister'. The title? 'My Summer at the Olympics' by David Cameron. But of course that will not happen, I hope, but there does appear to be some debate going on about education.
Now that we are enjoying the best Olympics ever, everybody has started questioning if there is anything left for future generations. Children are inspired by Usain Bolt, Andy Murray, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and a long list of charismatic athletes. Children are excited by Sports as never before and we can not afford to loose momentum.