It’s a glorious June morning here in London but in our part of town there’s an air of quiet shock, stunned disbelief, panic and fear.
Our future is uncertain, the foundations of our little lives have been shaken.
We’ve got to stand firm, though. I deeply regret our country’s decision to leave the EU but it does not have to mean, as one of the teachers at Hector’s nursery announced this morning, that our children’s futures have been stolen.
As parents we have a duty not to let this happen.
However sad – and darn right terrified – we might feel about Brexit, we’ve got to learn from what’s happened and move on. Things weren’t perfect yesterday, remember.
It’s a wake up call. For Europe, for Britain, and also for London, where we have been existing in a bubble, oblivious to the sentiments of the rest of the country.
The uncomfortable truth is that the majority of people do not feel that the European Union offers the peace and unity that it promised. We’ve got to recognise this.
Our friends in other parts of the country want change and there’s no point burying our heads in the sand.
We’ve got to stay calm and composed. We’ve got to work together now to guarantee our children’s future, to build a new identity and a more positive relationship with Europe.
The way we will do this is with strong, intelligent and decisive leadership and this is what we should be rallying for.
As our leaders come to terms with the results and struggle to work out who should take the reins of our fractured country, we should take up the driving seat of our own families.
It’s time to, in Cameron’s words “steady the ship”.
We’ll have to be braver parents and this is a good thing. Perhaps we will be forced to simplify our lives a bit. This is a good thing too.
So no wallowing, no more anger and blame. No more whinging about 10 years of pain or lost greatness. This won’t help our children and it won’t help us as parents.
No child thrives amid uncertainty and resentment – as parents we must strive to be decisive leaders.
Rather than feeling let down by older generations we should step up, and see it as our responsibility to make Britain great for our children.
A bit of weight on our shoulders will only make us stronger.
I just hope the same can be said for our politicians.