They had been engaged in a lengthy chitchat for about an hour now. They talked mostly about work, home life, parenting advice, and their children. It was nothing new that time passed so quickly. They had been good friends for many years, they even wore the same size clothes.
But this chitchat was different. Kathy had started noticing signs of teen-age rebellion from her son. It troubled her because he was still a pre-teen, shy of one year. She trusted her friend for help and advice for the problems she assumed she’d face one day soon.
Kathy’s son was basically a good guy. He wasn’t a problem in school beyond just being a little boy and doing what little boys do. As he got older, he played sports and began noticing girls. And he didn’t like keeping his room tidied up. So he was pretty much like other boys his age. No big concerns, until he wanted to go to the neighbor’s house and hang out with them. Then he’d come home and test Kathy by seeing what he could get away with.
I have watched this dog for a few years walking around my neighborhood. I don’t know where his home is but he’s always hanging out near a popular eatery. I see him in the dead of winter and on the hottest day of the year. And he’s never around other dogs.
I saw him one morning standing in the middle of the empty parking lot. By himself, as usual. He was intent on listening. With his ears perked up, he was watching and listening for something or someone. He stood there for a couple of minutes, long enough for me to take some pictures. This was my chance to actually see him up close. Yea!
As he stood there, he would turn his head back in a way as if he had heard his master calling. But there was no misunderstanding about it, he was fully listening and watching someone or something in the opposite direction.
Who, or what, catches your attention? Who, or what causes you to listen when your attention should be elsewhere? Some young people are so fixated on certain people in the entertainment industry. They are easily swayed by the music and lyrics that they listen to. Sometimes they imitate what they see and hear. This could be a problem if their imitation is in a destructive way. In this case, young people should listen to their parents when they ask them to change direction, to get off the destructive path they’re on. It isn’t only the entertainment industry. There are so many other factors vying for, not only their attention, but grown ups, as well. We need to be mindful of who or what we’re listening to on a daily basis. Let’s make sure we listen to words that motivate us in doing good, in building one another up, and moving us forward in positive ways.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring…all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Rate Raises Concerns
by Elysia Cook, read more HERE
Indeed, from the CDC’s research it appears that misperception, not simply a lack of resources, is one of the key components in this increasing rate of U.S. teenage pregnancies. The study appears to claim that, ultimately, more adequate education and prevention is imperative to stagnating and reversing this trend.
“More adequate education and prevention is imperative.” What????
Politics took away funding for abstinence-only education because it claimed it didn’t stop teens from having unprotected sex. Now they say “more adequate education and prevention”? I thought the comprehensive safe sex education they were presenting in schools and claim students need most were going to lower teen pregnancy rate.
Did I think wrong? What do you think is happening with the narrative on sexual education for our children and teens?
Photo source: The Facts – Sex Education DVD for parents of 15-17 year olds (Photo credit: crisispregnancyprogramme)