It's another grey October day and the mist is hanging low over the damp trees causing a sudden shower of water to cascade on us as we trudge back from the school run. It's a horrible morning. Depressing.
And then I hear her singing. Eloise is merrily doo-doo-ing and dah-dah-ing as we make our through the park and it's like a sudden shaft of sunlight piercing the gloom. I smile; I laugh; I join in. And we sing our merry tune all the way home.
Every year, Parents’ Week celebrates the amazing contribution parents make to their children’s lives and this year they're inviting parents to participate in their 'Make a Moment' competition. Between 22 and 28 October they want us to celebrate and share those moments that make being a child and parent so special.
As they go on to say, 'with all the extra pressures modern parents face, it can be difficult to find the time that children really need. Being there for your children isn’t about paying for expensive toys or day trips. It’s about the time and attention you give. Whether you have five minutes, half an hour, or longer, sharing a moment is what it’s all about – letting your child know that you love them and taking a moment to give them your full attention.'
Well, there's my moment, and I've shared it. It happened about half an hour ago but I've got the feeling the effect'll last us pretty much all day. If you'd like to share a special moment yourself and be in with a chance of winning a fabulous family photo experience with Venture Photography (including a personal family photo session at a Venture Photography studio local to you, and framed photographs worth £1,000. 50 lucky runner ups will also win a family photo experience worth £245) then all you have to do is complete the sentence 'I love it when we...'
It's that simple. Or rather, I suspect it won't be. The difficulty will be choosing just one!
You can find out more on the FamiliesUK website or on their Facebook page.
And while you're thinking, let me share another special moment of mine...