Letter To My Children / by Raji Radhakrishnan

 1997 Silhouette of my daughter and I at Disneyland

1997 Silhouette of my daughter and I at Disneyland

A decade ago my husband and I both decided to pursue our dreams. He quit his job to start his software consulting firm and I quit mine to start my design firm. Like most businesses, we have both faced so many trials and tribulations and thank god for having each other to talk to. As parents watching our children grow has been our greatest pleasure and we both make it a point to share with our children as much as we can the most important life and business lessons we've learned. Even when we thought they were not listening, time and again they have surprised us with their actions and observations showing us perhaps they did listen. My husband teases our son that he was born with a surround sound system and picks up every little thing happening around him!

These days, with our daughter (also a designer) in New York, my "advisory" communications tend to be via text and email. BTW, Parents - texting to children works wonders! I can say what I really want her to hear without a major retort! I guess it gives them the time to process what we are saying and actually see how much sense it makes. When I come across good articles I would email her and today I thought I'd share some of those right here. I adore the loving, happy, independent and wonderful person our daughter has become. And as she navigates a new chapter in life I want to share this article - 10 habits of people who follow their dreams. I thought this was very nicely put together both for life and business and a wonderful reminder to just keep at it and follow your dreams.

If you have children, don't forget to tell them everyday how proud you are of them and how much you love them. They actually enjoy hearing it especially from you.

- xo Raji