Goodness knows how this parenting stuff is supposed to work! I've made it up as I've gone along. That's not to say that I don't think carefully about my approach. My rationale for current times is that if I go with the flow and accept the changes then it's less likely that our relationship will be damaged in his transition to adulthood. I can all but try.
Liberty that serves cocktails and they'll do most of their range as a non alcoholic versions. With his penchant for all things posh, Lou loves a mocktail and was keen to give one a try. To keep costs down I had a cider! We had a brilliant time sitting at the bar, chatting to the lovely staff and watching the other drinks being 'shaken and not stirred'. And we talked to each other. We can both do that for England. If Brixham were full of donkeys they'd all be missing hindlegs.
Anyway these are some of the words that my son shared with me. Wow! They're attributed to a US country singer called Bryan White. It fits in nicely with some thinking that I've been doing myself lately. With the rise in social media I'm concerned that people are scared to portray themselves with anything but an airbrushed image. Heck, I've even had a couple of people lately question whether I should blog as I do on the grounds that what I write might be viewed by some as unprofessional and therefore affect my career!
Of course we have to behave. Dignity, respect and politeness are high up on my list of values. But I worry that an increasing preoccupation with self image means that we are becoming too homogenized. Are people adopting 'safe' because they are fearful of the consequences of showing their true self? Are we losing individual difference at the expense of creating pristine corporate images? I think that this may be the case. So in the spirit of rebellion I'll keep myself quirky. And this might even mean that, on occasions, I'll let that inner child pop her head out in public!