1. ‘Like’ their photo on Instagram. Simple but very effective.
2. Find a really old photo, pop a cutesy status underneath and tag them on Facebook.
3. Invite their new secondary school friends round for tea (preferably ones you have never met before) and burst into song just as you’re dishing up.
4. Volunteer to help out on a school trip. This one only really works on children in Year 6 and above.
5. Insist on holding their hand to cross the road. Works a treat if you’re in a busy town.
6. On their first secondary school residential, take all their siblings along and wave them off with an unnecessary level of enthusiasm. Squeezing out a tear at this point also works a treat.
8. When out on a family bike ride, fall off the bike and watch your offspring scatter quicker than you can say ‘bomb scare’. Bursting into tears adds an extra something.
9. Arrive at the school disco 10 minutes earlier than arranged and walk in to let them know you are ‘ready when they are’.
10. Take them to a pantomime and join in (very loudly) with every “he’s behind youuuuuu” that you can.
12. Sit next your child on a roller coaster and scream louder than all the other riders put together.
And the icing on the cake?
13. Start a blog and tell loads of really embarrassing stories about them!