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Being Teased. Three Ways to Make it Stop

21 October 2014
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outcast3I think the real teasing started for me in third grade. I'm pretty sure it had something to do with the blue cat's eye glasses I got that year. OK, so I loved blue. (Still do.) But my parents definitely should have steered me away from that particular fashion choice.

The painfully shy awkward girl who got straight A's and could always be found in a corner reading a book? That was me. It made me a target for cruelty I didn't know how to manage until much, much later.

 

Help! My Mom is Overprotective!

16 October 2014
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My mom is scared to let me do anything! I'm sixteen years old and she still treats me like a baby. I've never done anything wrong so I don't know why she doesn't trust me. Though I haven't snuck around behind her back, I'm tempted to start.  What can I do to get some more freedom?

 

leannaLEANNA KAY says:

Let me start this by saying I am a mom with three kids and all of them are very good kids. Yet I can sometimes be overprotective. It's not that I don't trust them. It's that I don't trust the world!

What I'm trying to say is that it's very likely this isn't a matter of your mom thinking you're going to go out and do something bad (since this has never been your history). Rather she's probably afraid something bad will happen to you.

Will the boy you want to date put the moves on you and date rape you? If you go to the mall by yourself, will you be grabbed and thrown into a paneled van, shipped to Togo and sold into slavery?

All of these things are not likely threats. But your mom has this amazingly deep love for you and she's spent a lifetime protecting you. It's hard to let go. So what do you do?

 

Can Christians Still Watch and Listen to Non-Christian Music and TV?

12 October 2014
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As Christians, it can be tough walking the line between following God and living our day to day lives. Secular music (non-Christian music, in other words) and television are especially tough topics. It’s true that we must protect our eyes and ears from things that can harm us. After all, images and the spoken word can have a powerful impact on someone. But how do you know what to watch and what not to watch? What to listen to and what to tune out?

 

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