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TEEN COMMANDMENTS
  1. Thou Shalt Accept Thy Limitations
  2. Thou Shalt Provide a United Front
  3. Thou Shalt Be Consistent
  4. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Guilt
  5. Thou Shalt Offer Boudaries, Choices, and Consequences
  6. Thou Shalt Not Own Thy Teen's Problems
  7. Thou Shalt Be Human
  8. Thou Shalt Show Thy Love
  9. Thou Shalt Not Overreact
  10. Thou Shalt Smile

A TEAM STORY

A TEAM had four members called EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, and NOBODY. There was an important job to be done. EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that because it was EVERYBODY's job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn't do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done!






ON HUGGING...

NOTICE: The Surgeon General has determined that hugging is good for your health

HUGGING IS PRACTICALLY PERFECT: No movable parts, no batteries to wear out, no periodic check-ups, low energy consumption, high energy yield, inflation-proof, non-fattening, no monthly payments, no insurance requirements, theft-proof, non-taxable, non-polluting, and of course, fully-refundable.

HUGGING IS ALL NATURAL: Organic, naturally sweet, no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, 100% wholesome.

THE BEST PEOPLE, PLACES AND TIMES TO HUG: Anyone, anywhere, anytime.





HE IS JUST A LITTLE BOY
He stands at the plate
with his heart pounding fast.
The bases are loaded,
the die has been cast.
Mom and Dad cannot help him,
he stands all alone.
A hit at this moment
would send the team home.
The ball meets the plate,
he swings and he misses.
There's a groan from the crowd,
and some boos and some hisses.
A thoughtless voice cries,
"Strike out the bum."
Tears fill his eyes,
the games no longer fun.
So open your heart and give him a break,
for its moments like this
a man you can make.
Please keep this in mind
when you hear someone forget.
He's just a little boy, and not a man yet.

— Chaplain Bob Fox






"The greatest gift you can give anyone is your honest self. It's the only unique gift anyone can give. Whatever I did, I would have to be myself, because I believe that is what children respond to.... It's a privilege to be trusted by children. And I don't take it lightly."

— Mr. Rodgers




"Children are given to us - on loan - for a very short period of time.
They come to us like packets of flower seeds - with no pictures on the cover and no guarantees.
We do not know what they will look like, act like, or have the potential to become.
Our job, like a gardener, is to meet their needs as best we can:
To give proper nourishment, love, attention and care, and hope for the best."

— Katherine Kersey


JOB DESCRIPTION FOR A PARENT

DESCRIPTION: Long-term player needed for challenging, permanent work in chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts. There is some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Must keep this job for the rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule. Must be willing to tackle stimulating technical challenges such as small gadget repair, sluggish toilets, and stuck zippers. Must handle assembly and product safety testing, as well as floor maintenance and janitorial work. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars, and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and levels of mentality. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute and an embarrassment the next. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of end project.

ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION: There is no possibility of either. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required, but on the-job training is offered on a continually exhausting basis.




If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd finger-paint more and point the finger less.
I'd do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I'd run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd teach less about the love of power,
and more about the power of love.
— Diane Loomans



If you always think what you've always thought,
then you will always feel what you've always felt.
If you always feel what you've always felt,
then you will always do what you've always done.
If you always do what you've always done,
then you will always get what you've always gotten.
If you always get what you've always gotten,
then you will always think what you've always thought. . . .



Notes from the book, Boyhood Daze, byt Dave Meurer as presented in the November issue of, "Focus on the Family" as James Dobson monthly magazine.

Please consult my handy patented "gender differences chart for children" to get a sense of what I mean.
LITTLE GIRLS
1. Hug
2. Giggle
3. Hold Hands
LITTLE BOYS
1. Hit
2. Throw objects
3. Make Noise
If you have boys, understand that NOTHING you do will change the fact that deeply imbedded in their DNA right next to the hair color gene is:

  1. the dirty gene
  2. the pick your nose gene, and
  3. the "Hey, let's set off some fireworks!" gene.

You can no more change the hereditary traits than you can turn a cheetah into a tofu-consuming, vegetarian zealot. Throughout the centuries and across all racial and geographic boundaries, little girls have been hugging and giggling and holding hands while boys have been hitting, throwing objects, and producing various noises, pausing only when they get fireworks. I can attest from personal experience that the genetic male impulse to ignite fireworks is so powerful that it is completely uncontrollable.

You may recall from the book of Genesis that, following each of His creative works, God saw that "it was good" — until He created Adam. Then He said, "it is NOT good for the man to be alone. This is absolutely unacceptable!" He then knocked Adam unconscious and rapidly created Eve.




The greatest pain in life
is not to die,
but to be ignored.
To lose the person you love so much
to another who doesn't care at all.
To have someone you care so about so much
throw a party.. . and not tell you about it.
When your favorite person on earth
neglects to invite you to his graduation.
To have people think that you don't care.

The greatest pain in life,
is not to die,
but to be forgotten.
To be left in the dust after another's great achievement.
To never get a call from a friend,
just saying '"hi."
When you show someone your innermost thoughts
and they laugh in your face.
For friends to always be
too busy to console you
"When you need someone to lift your spirits.
'When it seems like the only person who cares about you,
is you.

Life is full of pain,
but does it ever get better?
Will people ever care about each other,
and make time for those who are in need?
Each of us has a part to play
in this great show we call life.
Each of us has a duty to mankind
to tell our friends we love them.
If you do not care about your friends
you will not be punished,
You will simply be ignored... forgotten... as you have done to others.

* This poem was written by a young girl who committed suicide three years ago. Perhaps if the people surrounding her had shown a little more love, and had paid more attention to her, her death could have been prevented. Remember that when going through life, you can't judge a sad, lonely, or suicidal person by their facial expression. You need to get to know each person you come in contact with, cherish your friendship with them, and show them that you care. *



Starfish Songs

The Dance by Lee Ann Womack
Cliq by Good Charlotte
Little Things by Good Charlotte
Young and Hopeless by Poor Charlotte
I'll Be by Reba McIntyre
Busy Man by Billy Ray Cyrus
What Would Love Say by Neil McCoy
Be One by David Kauffman
Standing Outside The Fire by Garth Brooks
It's Your Song by Garth Brooks
The River by Garth Brooks
Forever Young
I Will Be There For You
Don't Stop Looking
The Sunscreen Song by Buz Lahman
Adam's Song by Blink 182
Don't Laugh At Me by Mark Wills
The Impossible by Joe Nichols
Youth of a Nation by POD
You're In My Hear by Phill Collins
The Change by Garth Brooks
Drive by Alan Jackson
Reach by Gloria Estafan
The Greatest by Kenny Rodgers
Concrete Angel by Martina McBride
Place In This World by Michael W Smith
Maybe She's An Angel by Tommy Shane Steiner
One Voice by Billy Gilman
The Rose by Bette Midler
Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
There's A Hero by Mariah Carey
I Don't Think I Will by James Bonamy
I'm Sensitive by Jewel
The Little Girl by John Michael Montgomery
Anytime You Need A Friend by Mariah Carey
Broken Wings by Martina McBride
Friends by Michael W Smith
The List by Tobey Keith
Miracles by Whitney Houston