The reason for me telling you all of this is that I believe as parents, no matter how hard it is, we should try really hard not to pass our own fears onto our children. They need to find their own path in terms of what they're afraid of, or hopefully, they will just work out safe limits so they don't hurt themselves.
Nicola Rowley is a mum, children's author and PR Strategist who founded and runs the Working Mum Association, to support, encourage and inspire working mums everywhere. She trained as a journalist and spent many years working nationally and internationally as a Reporter/Producer primarily for the BBC. She then went on to become a Communications expert, devising, overseeing and working on some of the biggest launches in digital television. Her first children's book, James and the Amazing Gift focuses on kindness and helping others, whilst her second; James and the Birthday Balloon looks at the importance of friendship and happiness. Nicola lives in Surrey with her husband and three-year-old son.
A wife or partner trying to keep your house free from the never-ending mountains of washing, somehow keeping the fridge stocked with food, and the house as clean as possible. And you also have a career, where you need to juggle all the competing demands that everyone else faces on a daily basis.
11/08/2017 13:47 BST
And it all begins with the first stories we introduce our children to. The ones that open up the doors of possibility to what lies ahead and which stoke their imaginations. The inspiring, the educating and the delighting - as they learn to turn the pages one at a time.
05/06/2017 14:30 BST
Their families, friends and pets won the day for my audience of 4-7 year-olds. They then proceeded with the task they'd been set; to devise a character for their own story that would make them smile.
14/03/2017 11:35 GMT
Yes it's hard work, yes there are times where you feel unappreciated, and yes it can feel as if you're wading through treacle at times, when no amount of distractions will stop a tantrum.
12/01/2017 10:34 GMT
<img alt="giving back.jpg" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4909110/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> As parents, we owe it to our children to show elderly people that we care. One day, we too will be old and who knows if we will be lucky enough to still have family and friends around us? We will be extremely lucky if we do.
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They would have kept their heads down, denied knowledge of the envelope's existence, and not reached out to help that person as I had done. But if we opt for the former, what is the message we're passing on to future generations?
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