Establish A Deep Bond With Our Youth!


The hardest time of my life was when I was a teenager.  I lived with a strict single mother until her death when I was 15. After her death, no other adult, including my father, cared about my well-being. By age 18, I tried to commit suicide several times  . . . fortunately, I was unsuccessful. When I became an adult, I vowed to always encourage and assist young people whenever and wherever possible.

If young people are to be assisted in applying fruitfully their emerging powers, it is essential to avoid treating them in ways to prolong their childhood or encourage them to imitate a version of superficial adulthood. They have an increased sense of awareness of their place in the world, especially the relationship with both peers and adults. Their power of analysis becomes stronger and they may begin to question much of what they were taught. They also see the contradictions in the world that had previously gone unnoticed.

They are not as willing as before to follow automatically the standards set by adults. The social environment, particularly the conduct of adults, is largely responsible for many of the undesirable traits that are associated with teenagers. For example, the irresponsible attitude towards marriage and the consequent rising tide of divorce; the weakening of family solidarity and progressive slackening of parental control, the pursuit of earthly riches and pleasures, patriotic arrogance, and the deterioration in the standard of literature and of the press.

What can be done is to offer young people an environment in which their powers can be nurtured and that they are influenced by appropriate social forces!  Trying to isolate them entirely from harmful social conditions, just leaves them ignorant. Every effort has to be made to enable them to assess and analyze the world around them. And the focus is the realization of their potential to act as determined agents of social transformation and to contribute to the betterment of the world.


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The W.H.A.T.!™ Women Helping Affirm Themselves! Monthly Pocket Planner has no dates . . . only monthly positive affirmations and weekly goals. The planner is the perfect size to fit in a tote or purse to carry everywhere! Along with weekly grids, there is also space for "W.H.A.T.!™ Notes" . . . pages to journal your goals and a website to share your thoughts. The W.H.A.T.!™ Monthly Pocket Planner hopes to create a blueprint designed to build self-esteem through positive insight and practical information. The goal is to establish monthly discussions to help others with similar concerns discover solutions. W.H.A.T.!™ is for the benefit of all who have triumphed successfully over life's challenges. Copyright © 2012 W.H.A.T.!™. All Rights Reserved About the Authors: Ms. Elaine Aiken-Riley is a Director of Career Services at a community college. She has worked as a mentor, counselor, and adjunct. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education. With over twenty years of counseling experience, she helps students to look beyond their limitations and to build on their strengths. Her belief is: "The better we prepare ourselves, and the persistence we maintain in reaching our goals, the better we can become." Mrs. Vanessa Logan, Co-Founder of W.H.A.T.!™ Women Helping Affirm Themselves! is a Human Resources Manager with over 15 years experience. As a human resources specialist in the U.S. Army, she was recognized as the first enlisted private to receive an Army Commendation Medal in her battalion because of her exceptional customer service. After her enlistment; she earned two Associate degrees, a Bachelor's degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree. Vanessa loves participating in community events and is committed to personal spiritual growth and service to others.

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