Oh and I wanted to say this in my original post but it doesn't seem to be there somehow.
Just that this really does sound truly awesome:
"My kids on the other hand ... well, I sent my eldest to SE Asia for almost three months when she was 14 with a brand-new digital camera. She came home with 13 photos. Thirteen. Gads! She has this very zen-like attitude to life: it's about living it fully, and not getting attached to stuff. She may change as she gets older but she's 19 now and has been like this since the beginning."
That is an amazing approach to life.