Jack Dee has a good stand-up routine about the demands that schools place upon parents. It's the kind of thing that you just can't appreciate unless you've sprogged, but hardly a week goes by without the expectation that you'll have created some bizarre costume, decorated a mask or gone on a fishing expedition to the Outer Hebrides and brought back useful data on climate change. I believe that some of the mums and dads even manage to go to work once they've finished the allotted tasks.
This week, a request has arrived to produce some food with the mini-Ws related to one of the countries that recently featured in the school's art and geography week.
Thank God one of our maids comes from Brazil. I'll get her to whizz up some Docinhos de festa.