Posted in birthday, Celebration, children, comfort, culture, emotions, entertainment, excitement, family, fathers, Frustration, Impact, kids, life, mental and physical health, mom, mother, observations, opinion, parenting, relationships, respect, responsibility, stress, Teen Pregnancy, teens, values, tagged birthday, Celebration, chaperone, children, hormones, movies, parental guidance, parenting, pregnancy, responsibility, society, supervision, teens on March 24, 2009|
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This weekend was certainly an eye-opener for me regarding teen activities when parents aren’t around. I work with youth all of the time, I am the parent of 6 children-three of which are adults and three are under the age of 18. I took my younger three children, plus 3 ten year old girls to the movies with my husband to celebrate the 10th birthday of my youngest child. I took them to a family movie-a PG movie. It should have been safe right? Wrong!
The movie was fine…don’t get me wrong here…the problem was a couple of audience members. We were seated in the back of the small theater because of the size of our group…there were 8 of us. We were spread out because the teens didnt want to sit with mom and dad (of course) and the girls didn’t want to sit with the teen boys (of course) and so we took up the end seats of three rows. A group of three teens approached my teen boys, who happened to be in the last row in the back, and asked them if they would mind moving down to the end the line. They did move with no fuss. There were two girls and a boy; no parental guidance, I might add.
As the movie began, so did the engines of one of those girls and the boy. Right from the get go, it was obvious why they wanted my sons to move farther down the line and to the inside wall of the theater. They were not interested in the movie shall we say. They were there for one reason only…even though they had a chaperone…a female of about the same age. What age is that, you may ask? Well, they appeared to be all of about 12 or 13…at the most 14 years of age. Understand what I am saying here…they were approximately two to four years older than the birthday girl and her friends. (more…)
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This subject is never a pleasant one. No one likes to acknowledge domestic abuse is a way of life…especially if it is happening within their own life. Unfortunately, domestic abuse happens every day in a multitude of ways. It doesn’t just happen in the lives of the poor, the rich, or the celebrity world; even though, that is often the stories that we hear about…those who are famous. We must awaken to the facts of domestic abuse; it is often learned behaviors that are used to control another person…either with intimidation, physical violence, emotional abuse or sexual abuse.
Domestic abuse is like cancer…it is constantly trying to destroy the people involved. It is a pattern of behavior that affect both the abuser and the person being abused. Many who are being abused do not recognize that what is happening in their lives is actually domestic abuse. The reasons for their lack of understanding, or denial are many. (more…)
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