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Living Life Straight-up: Helping Your Teenager Look Around the Corner

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May 29, 2014 - LIVING A RICHER LIFE: Elizabeth Taylor, Ph.D., Founding President of WISDOM TO GO and Author of "Straight Up! Teen's Guide to Taking Charge of Their Lives."

THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE: This is an exciting time to be a teenager in America. Young people today are growing up in a rapidly changing society with hopes for a very promising future. According to a recent U.S. Health and Human Services study, survey results show that 84% of high-school students plan to attend a four-year college. Teens overwhelmingly share their parents’ values of honesty and hard work, and are engaged in positive activities. More than half of all teenagers volunteer with a community organization, attend a house of worship weekly, read the newspaper twice a week or more, and attend cultural events or visit museums. In spite of this positive outlook, however, adolescence—the transition between childhood and adulthood—is still one of the most difficult times for children and parents alike. Growing up is more than the physical changes that occur, such as getting taller or more muscular. This passage is a time for establishing independence, testing limits, trying on different roles, exploring new feelings, and fostering intellectual growth. Above all, adolescence is a process that takes time to happen. How can you help your teenager look around the corner? 

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