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The Evangelist
Sunday, October 21, 2018


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  • ‘NO PROBLEM’ IS A PROBLEM
    You’re playing several sports, plus robotics club and clarinet lessons. No problem! You signed up for advanced courses, too. No problem! You like to stay up late, even on weeknights. No problem! At some point, all the “no problems” become a problem.
  • WHEN YOU’RE AUDITIONING
    This is the time when kids are trying out for school plays. One thing is common among most kids who audition: You want a lead role. It can be tough to hear, “You’re in the chorus,” when you wanted to be a star.
  • WORK ON THOSE FRIENDSHIPS
    You don’t make a new friend with the thought, “I’ll hang out with this person for a while, and then our friendship will end.” When you start spending time with someone you really like, you hope you’ll be friends forever. Even if you don’t talk about it, you probably assume your connection will always exist.
  •  WE'RE ALL DRAMATIC SOMETIMES
    People on TV are always being dramatic. A cartoon character hears bad news, goes stiff as a board and faints; a person gets angry and pushes everything off a desk onto the floor, smashing it all.
  • GETTING ‘RIGHT-SIZED’
    Kids can be really hard on themselves. You make one mistake and say, “I’m stupid.” You see someone who weighs less or is more muscled than you and say, “I’m fat.” A friend says she has a boyfriend already and you say, “No one will ever be interested in me.”
  • GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE
    It’s fun when you have an idea and turn to a friend to share it, only to find out he or she is thinking the same thing. “Great minds think alike!” you might say — and, if both of you are having the same thought, you’ll probably act on it.
  • WHY KIDS LOVE COOKING
    Cooking shows and cooking classes for kids are getting more popular. Kids who aren’t into cooking might ask, “Why bother?” They want something quick and easy. They don’t see why anyone would spend time turning a bunch of ingredients into a meal.
  • FOCUS ON WHAT YOU LOVE
    Starting school is a joyful time for a lot of kids, but even kids who absolutely love school might not love every single thing about it. You may love math, but English makes you groan; you may ace classwork, but have a hard time making friends.
  • AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS
    When you’re told to do something and you refuse, you might hear that response. The person is hinting that, if you don’t listen, bad things may happen.
  • STRUGGLING WITH SUMMER WORK
    For a lot of kids, summer isn’t just a time for hanging out. It’s a time to work on skills like reading, writing, spelling and more — things that you might have struggled with during the school year. Your teachers and family hope you can catch up before school starts again.
  • TRADE WITH FRIENDS, NOT GOD
    Do you ever make trades with other kids? If your friend is tired of his Lego kit and you have an extra “Star Wars” DVD, there may be a solution: Trade! With your parents’ permission, you and your friend can happily swap stuff and get something you like better.
  • DON’T TUNE THEM OUT
    Some people are experts at ignoring what they don’t want to hear. Your mother says, “We’re leaving in five minutes,” and you tune her out and keep practicing with your Star Wars lightsaber. You ask your father for the 100th time, “Can we get a dog?” but he just pretends he doesn’t hear you.
  • SOMEONE NEEDS YOU
    It feels great to be needed. When your mother tells you what a great helper you are with your little sister, or your friend says, “I never could have passed that swimming test without you cheering me on,” you swell up with pride. Someone needs you!
  •  LET SOMEONE HELP, SOMETIMES
    Every kid has had said in frustration, “I want to do it myself.” Grownups try to help because they think you need it, or because they can do it faster or more easily. They see you struggling and think they should step in when, if they give you a minute, you’ll work it out on your own.
  •  EVERYONE WANTS TO BE LIKED
    Everyone wants to be liked. The fact is, though, you will probably meet people in your life who don’t like you. That doesn’t mean there’s something “unlikeable” about you; it just means you and the other person have very different personalities or opinions.
  • WOULD YOU DO ANYTHING?

    “I’d do anything to get that Lego Statue of Liberty kit,” you declare, seeing it in the store. “I’d give anything to be his girlfriend,” you groan, seeing the guy you like with someone else. Would you, really?

  • PLAYING PARENT AGAINST PARENT
    Kids usually know which parent to go to for what problem. Maybe your mother is more likely to say “no” to ice cream, but you know your father loves it and will probably say yes. Maybe your father worries about saving money, so you ask your mother to buy you that sweatshirt at the mall.
  • A LITTLE IS ENOUGH
    Kids hear a lot about sharing. That’s because it’s easy to be greedy: to take more than you need; to want what someone else has; or to keep what you have all to yourself, even when you see that other people need it, too.
  • WHEN NOBODY GETS YOU
    Do you ever feel like no one understands you? Most kids struggle sometimes with feeling like other people don’t “get” you. You try to be outgoing, but a teacher writes on your report card, “Work on your shyness.” You ask a lot of questions and an adult says, “Stop being a pest!”
  • DON’T FORGET THE DIRECTIONS
    With the end of the school year coming, lots of kids are taking final exams. The curse of exams can be the directions: You’re so eager to get started, you might forget to read them! Then the teacher will say, “I told you in the directions to use a pencil, not a pen. Ten points off!”



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