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March 2013


Junk Food

Good-for-you junk food? Isn’t that a bit of an oxymoron?

Playing the Scholarship Game Scholarships and grantsthe hope and dream of every parent

Public Speaking One of the biggest Fears of Teens

Praying Your Way Through and to Your Teen’s Heart Interview : Janet Holm McHenry


Education Playing the Scholarship Game


Give me an H-I-G-H S-C-H-O-O-L


The Bruises Don’t Lie


Quote of the Month

“Don’t smother your children…they just don’t grow as well in the shade.” - Anonymous

Food Good-For-You Junk Food


Diet Dangers: Why Fad Diets Are Dangerous for Teens


Articles Two Thumbs Up…Movies to Watch with Your Teenager


You Want to do What????


The Art of Losing


Research Fear of Teens




Praying Your Way Through and to Your Teen’s Heart


To China or Taiwan or Africa or… All Because of Love

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Junk Food

Good-for-you junk food? Isn’t that a bit of an oxymoron? Sure sounds like it, but research shows that some of the foods we usually cross off our ‘good snack’ list have more going for them than originally known.



You Want to do What????

From the time our children are small, we pray and dream about their future -who they’ll marry, what career path they will choose….We want the best for them. But what happens when your child grows to be a teenager and young adult and makes life choices that don’t look anything like the ones we’ve been envisioning all these years?


Article I’m not talking about making poor life choices like dropping out of school, becoming a substance abuser, or turning to a life of rebellion and crime. I’m talking about the focused young man or woman whose passions lie in music instead of banking, big business instead of farming, or teaching instead of taking over the family business. How are parents supposed to handle that? By encouraging them to follow their dreams, applauding their talents and passions, and letting them know that you are proud of them no matter what they do…that’s how! Too often parents have dreams and aspirations for their children out of selfishness or out of a desire to live their own dreams through the lives of their children. Both mindsets impose danger to the relationship between parents and their children and can cause irreparable damage. Teens who feel pressured to follow in their parent’s footsteps or attend their alma mater or who are made to deny their passion for the sake of pleasing their parents are miserable, unhappy teens who grow into miserable, unhappy and resentful adults. That’s right-by forcing your dreams and your goals onto your child, you run the risk of alienating himfrom your life. And for what?

As parents, our job is to raise our children to be the wonderful, special and unique individual people they are. When our children are small, we expose them to a variety of activities and interests. As they grow, we follow them, support them, and cheer them on as they develop and grow their talents and passions. So why in the world, when those passions turn into goals and dreams for their future, would we send the message that what they are doing is ridiculous? Pointless? Worthless? I have always been a ham. For as long as I can remember I have been happiest when I have an audience. And my mom and dad were just as happy to oblige. They encouraged me to perform for family and friends, participate in local theatre productions and school plays. I love acting and singing. I’ve had leading roles since I was twelve. I’ve been asked to be in productions put on by universities and theatre groups across the state. I’ve been offered scholarships to three universities as a drama and theater major. I thought my folks would be thrilled! A full ride! But they weren’t. Instead, they sat me down and told me it was time to quit playing-that

18 Magazine - March 2013 Issue  

Overview: Good-for-you Junk Food | Playing the Scholarship Game | Public Speaking | Praying Your Way Through and to Your Teen’s Heart Interv...

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