Researchers estimate 35 million under-fives in poorest countries are left on their own or with a very young sibling.
"People are there, they want you to succeed, and they will help you in every way they can".
Novelist and parenting columnist Amanda Brunker on what being a mother to sons Edward (9), and Setanta (8), has taught her.
I may not be able to fix everything that breaks in the house, I will always be scared of the things that go bump in the night, and I definitely cannot stop the tears when the kids are sad, but I always make sure they are loved, enough for both my husband and I.
Self-esteem movement decades ago kicked off trend.
Our society as a whole has become very impatient, and with social media, we can get instant gratification from our besties no matter how far away they are from us.