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TITLE: If Only My Mom or Someone Had Told Me? #1 (c )
By gene hudgens

Pass on advice in your critiqe
Teens Have Rights and Responsibilities

"As a teen I have a right to expect to live in a safe enviroment and enjoy a loving family and nice friends. I sincerely appreciate when anyone shares ideas and advice with me that will help me enjoy my life to the fullest."

Life is the most precious gift anyone of us can ever have. We must earnestly believe this day and night and with each breath we take. Then we must never forget to give thanks to those that gave us this gift. In our own individual way, each of us should be thankful to God our Creator.

Loving, appreciating, understanding, and caring for our parents is the next most important thing for each of us to feel and practice. Sometimes we feel that this is the most difficult task in the world. Just be patient and remember that parents sometimes feel that understanding their children is their most difficult task.

Honor your mother and father. Count your blessings. Call your mom and dad often. Tell mom and dad you love them. Thank mom and dad real often.

The absolute worse way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside him or her
Knowing they passed away before you said you loved them.

Always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be
The last time you see them.

There are several words that represent very important areas and needs in our precious lives. I’ll list a few here and later-on expound in more detail.
Clear Thinking
Laws and Order

We only have one body and our body is so much like a car. Normally it runs better and lasts longer if we take care of it. Our body is not just physical. It is the most sophisticated machine in the whole world. We must study the physical, emotional, mental, psychological, and spiritual makeup of our bodies and properly nourish and fine-tune each element. This growth and nourishment comes from within, from courage, and from positive thinking that we are the most important person in our life.

Each of us must understand and believe that we, only we…are responsible for our own actions. When we get older we will hear, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” …and society makes few excuses for ignorance. Society holds each of us responsible for every thing we do and every decision we make. We generally make the good things and the bad things in our lives happen. Life can be beautiful and fun, but you can mess it up ignorantly abusing alcohol and other drugs, practicing unprotected sex, getting pregnant through ignorant sex, and ruining your health by catching a sexually transmitted disease. We can mess it up by practicing poor eating habits, wasting valuable days of your precious life behind bars in a prison, or suffering mental anguish because you hurt your parents or someone else. We are totally responsible and cannot blame anyone else for our actions. Each of us “must” think of our future, plan our future, be rough and tough on ourselves, and insure that each action is the best action. To get where we want to go in life, we need to know where we are going. God gave each of us a brain and He expects each of us to use it…so do it!

Effective Sex Education is very important, because this is the area where most people of all ages, especially young people, make sad drastic mistakes that adversely affect their lives for years or forever.

Safety is a major job for each of us and it encompasses a lot more than just insuring that the street is clear before crossing or not speeding when driving. Do you often think how fortunate you are to have usable fingers, hands, and functional eyes? Always protect them.
Our Relationships
(syn: The relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship, good or bad state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings, the state of being related or interrelated, a romantic or passionate attachment.)

When a friendship becomes more than just a friendship, it is becoming a relationship.

Relationships are neither stronger nor weaker than
The people engaging in them.

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but,
In looking together in the same direction.
--Antoine De Saint-Exupery

When you care more for the other person than for yourself,
You just might be in love.


Having friends is nice and necessary. Being popular is nice, but not necessary.

All of us human mortal creatures exist
Depending upon one another, just as the body
Exists depending upon its limbs and organs.

A good friend is someone you can trust.

A real friend expects to be there for you.

A real friend knows that it is not a friendship until after you have had a fight.

A real friend wants to help you with your problems.

A friend is an acquaintance or favored companion who serves a beneficial or helpful purpose in our life. Learn early and quickly not to waste valuable time and youth on bums and useless people; no matter how handsome, lovely, popular, or rich they are.

All people, especially young people must learn to be aware, alert, and pick friends carefully. It’s difficult to believe and do, but it is better not to have a friend or friends than to have a friend or friends that are false. Unfortunately, we learn this advice through experience. That’s why it’s important to be a “fast learner”. All of us can apply the “golden-rule” here. Be direct, straight forward, outspoken, and honest. In return, demand that every friend be completely honest with you.

It’s very true that most often “birds of a feather flock together”. From the beginning, we really need to establish our desires, goals and limits and advertise them well, so that others clearly understand where we stand. We might be surprised how many people have the same desires as we…and are looking for friends.

If we don’t smoke and don’t like smoke, then we should not hangout with those who smoke. Never waste a single valuable minute with anyone who uses drugs. No one s need this trash! Never get into a car being driven by a person who has had even ‘one’ beer. Never get into a car, especially the backseat, with a gang (boys) who have been drinking. Only get into a car with friends…never strangers. In fact, never get into a car alone when there is more than one boy in the car. Why chance abuse or rape.

Each of us, boys and girls, need to express our views on reputation and sexual intercourse to everyone. Teens do not need sexual intercourse in any worthwhile relationship or friendship. If we do not want sexual intercourse, then say “NO” and mean “NO”.

The best part of life is being alive and enjoying life. Having real friends make this even more enjoyable, but first love being the individual “me”. Being popular is the icing-on-the-cake, but the cake is more nourishing than just an icing.

No one can be completely alive unless he or she is truly able to enjoy the wonders of life. Carelessness can deprive anyone of us of the chance and ability to enjoy our beautiful life. Be aware of the beauty near you and out there in the world.

You will miss this if you are a vegetable in a bed or wheelchair, because you ride in a car with a drunk or a driver who is a show-off and takes chances on a “dare”. We can miss years of “irretrievable” youth if we waste any time on drugs of any type.

Girls can miss most of the precious fun years with friends if they are stupid and get pregnant at fourteen or fifteen (perhaps because parents failed to teach them Effective Sex-Ed). Never be stupid or you will probably be home baby-sitting while your friends are missing you… as they go to the movies, date, go dancing, have parties, go skiing and take trips.
Teen years can be very confusing and heartbreaking for all teens…girls and boys. Logical thinking and actions…and good friends, can make it much more enjoyable.

Pray each day.

I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
I pray my Lord my soul He'll take
(c)Gene Hudgens
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