Dimitris turns seventeen today, but we had a 'fake'(Lucy's term) birthday dinner for him yesterday since Rea was leaving for a Greek holiday this morning. And no I didn't make that cheesecake- thankfully! And yes, it was out of this world!!!
What do you wish for your children? There came a time when I had to think very hard on this one because Nigel came for a different culture (he is a proud Scott!) and there was conflict in terms of certain values- So I had to climb above cultural conditioning and think it out for my self-
I realised my main goal was to encourage my children to be self-reliant and act with self-confidence and a fundamental sense of personal responsibility. My second goal was to create the circumstances within which they will get the best education possible. So its quite simple isn't it? It is all about empowering children to think and choose for themselves. After I figured that one out I had to align all my daily choices as a parent with that value system. I wish I had gone through this thinking process much earlier in life than when I did. For many years my choices as a parent were a reaction to my own unbringing.
So I am bloody lucky Dimitri is the 'wonder-full' young man...that he has become! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!