30/05/2014 09:55 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

The Crazy Things We Do For Our Kids

Viorika Prikhodko
Happy mother with her son dressed as clowns.

When you have children of your own, it really hits home how much your parents have done for you.

At the time, as a child, you think that's just the natural order of things. It doesn't occur to you to say thank you or show your appreciation because that's just what mummy and daddy do - that's their job.

But when the tables are turned and you become a parent, you soon realise how much your life is at the behest of your little darlings.

Of course, you get plenty of advanced warning about the big sacrifices - the fact you can't just pop out for a drink anymore or that your beautifully styled house will soon resemble an indoor car boot sale or that a simple trip to the hairdressers will take more forward planning than the 2012 Olympics.

No, it's the little everyday sacrifices that take you by surprise; the way in which you put your children first without giving it a second thought - like staying up all night to make a carrot costume for a fancy dress party or watching Monsters University 3 four times in one day or going for a weekend break... to Peppa Pig Land.

It's the crazy little things you do for your kids every single day - those are the things that make you a brilliant parent. And one day, many years from now, your children will thank you. Promise!