Nothing can prepare you for being a parent. It tests your stamina, your nerves, your emotions and at times even your sanity. You start out fretting over how to change a nappy or bath the baby without drowning it, and before long you discover that that’s the least of your challenges. And just when you think you’ve got one phase of childhood cracked, they grow a bit older and it’s a whole new scenario. Toddling, school, boyfriends or girlfriends, driving lessons – it never stops. Luckily the rewards are huge – the fun, the hugs and the closeness. Even the thanks eventually, if you’re very lucky. And of course the pleasure of seeing them grow into the kind of person you can be proud of.

Along the way there’s sure to be plenty of frustration, ...

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