I n this day and age where life is so busy it feels like your days roll from one to another and if you reflect on the past year, it seems like a blur. The ‘rat race’ we take part in every day is a never-ending cycle and it’s hard to keep a work/life balance. One day – you suddenly realize that your beautiful baby – is a baby no more and the old saying “stop to smell the roses” holds more significance than ever. How do I keep a connection with this person who is developing so rapidly? Which approach do I take? The parent or the friend? At the heart and soul of this long talked about topic – for me, the answer is always the same. A parent is a parent, your children don’t need another friend, they need a mother and a father and a solid role model who will continue to support, listen, encourage and love just as much now, as they did when they first reached out for you when they took their first steps.