A couple of weeks back, I attended a market research group with some other bloggers ahead of the BritMums Live conference.
It was a really interesting experience and I really enjoyed hearing other people's opinions on some meaty issues.
The main focus of the group was around the question 'as a parent, what do you worry about?'
Well. Where to start? I mean, once that little bundle comes into your life it seems you worry about everything. I spend my life worrying.
I worry about the little things - did I lock the door, have I remembered to put suncream in my bag, can we cross this busy road safely...
I worry about the massive, depressing, head-hurty stuff - war; famine and disease.
And I worry about stuff in between.
Many of the mums in the group felt the main issues for them were financial. In the current economic climate we're all fretting about making ends meet more so than ever before.
For me, it was hard to narrow down, so I picked one issue that does play on my mind a lot. We were asked to bring an item or photo to illustrate our choice, and I brought a trashy, glossy celebrity magazine.
Why? Well, having a daughter I fear for her being influenced by the media about body image and looks. As a society we bombard our youngsters with impossibly airbrushed images of models and actresses and rather than give them something meaningful to aspire to, we are merely impressing on their minds that this unobtainable ideal of beauty is the key to success.
It makes me so angry that young girls feel they need to compete with these porcelain-skinned, hair-free, blemish-free, surgically enhanced celebrities.
I saw a tweet the other day from a mother of a 10 year old, horrified as she'd been contacted by her daughter's school and asked to shave her child's armpits because the other pupils were laughing at her.
So, I'm curious. What worries you as a parent? What keeps you awake at night? What niggles away at you?
Share your worries below in the comments section, and I will pick one of you at random to win a £25 amazon e-voucher. The closing date is 5pm on Sunday 29th July 2012. UK entries only please.
Disclosure: I received a financial payment for attending the market research focus group and for this follow up post. All views expressed are my own.
EDIT: This competition is now closed. Thanks for all your entries - some of them broke my heart :0(
The winner picked at random was @clairelouise82 - please let me have your email address for the voucher.