High-Achieving and Religious Students At-Risk Youth For Substance Abuse?

The Accidental Poet

New research shows high-achieving kids are more likely to drink and use drugs during their teen years and develop addictions by adulthood.

182417552DO YOU ASSUME THAT since your kid gets good grades and goes to a good school that they’re not drinking or doing drugs? Think again. That’s the takeaway from two new studies suggesting that academically gifted youths are more likely to abuse substances, both as teens and adults. One surveyed 6,000 London students over nine years. Those with the highest test scores at age 11 were more likely to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in adolescence – and were twice as likely to do so “persistently by age 20.”

Notably, a study taken by Arizona State University (ASU) study found that high school students who were more afraid their parents would punish them were less likely to drink or get high as adults. One professor, Luthar, said her…

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The life of a single parent

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You know what does it take to be a parent? And then a working parent? And then a single working parent?

Lets just say.. in short.. “a lot”!

My heart feels overwhelmed when I see the lives of some parents around me. And I do not feel like this on why their lives are difficult, I feel this for the strength that they display despite of it.

It could be their choices or destiny that landed them where they are. One could judge, advice, or criticize them.. but one can never match the sheer courage they show in every single moment of their lives; as they bear double the burden of parenting while also relentlessly trying to hide that from the child, who incidentally, is the very reason for that.

Single parenting is difficult for anybody. I do not believe in anything that stereotypes us on the basis our…

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Reflections on Single Parenting

Guest article by Dena Johnson ~

 

September 1, 2017.

The day is coming quickly, the day I will stand before God and pledge my love and my life to the one God has chosen for me.

It’s also the day I turn in the title “single mom,” a title I have worn for well over eight years. I have to admit that it’s difficult to let someone else into this part of my life, to step back and let someone help me with the chauffeuring and supporting and disciplining and everything else that goes into single parenting. I’m so used to doing it all, I sometimes struggle with allowing him to help me.

As we embark on this new chapter of attempting to blend two very different families—complete with five teenagers and all kinds of hormones and chaos—I find myself reflecting on the last decade. Single parenting is hard—really hard. But I hope my kids have…

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The Life of a Single Parent

I well remember those exhausting days! Like this author, I raised three kids virtually by myself. But seeing what fine young men my sons have turned out to be, I wouldn’t trade those nail-biting, exhausting years for anything.

 

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If I were to describe my life, my emotional state, over the last few months, exhausted would be the most appropriate word. With three teenagers, a new position in my company, a ministry, my days and evenings are full. I collapse into bed at the end of the day, struggling to get up the next morning.

Add to that a fiancé, a wedding to plan, his two children, trying to find a place to live that will hold five teenagers, and some significant health issues in his family, and I often wonder how we are still standing.

So many days I have awakened, gone outside for a prayer walk, and all I can say to God is, “I’m so tired. Renew my strength.”

And yet I just keep going, wondering when I can take some time to step away, take a deep breath, take time to recharge.

I know…

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This is the Best Way for Single Parents to Get and Stay in Shape

This is a great article!

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Article by guest blogger Alexis Hall

Single parents are among the busiest people on the planet. Between working, taking care of children, cooking meals, packing lunches, helping with homework, transporting kids, and taking care of the house, laundry, and dishes, single parents don’t seem to have any time left for themselves. It’s no wonder that many single parents think that they don’t have the time, energy, or money it takes to get and stay in shape. The truth is, single parents can get fit, and our guide will help.

1. Create a Home Gym

IMG_3386Gym memberships are expensive in and of themselves, and single parents often have to hire a babysitter if they want to work out at a gym or fitness center. The costs of working out in a gym add up too quickly for most single parents. That’s why one of the best ways you can get and…

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How Divorced Parents Should Act

There’s a new movement called, Trash The Daddy, and children are being caught in the middle of this hurtful war.

via Trash the Daddy Movement. — Beauty from Ashes

Huge Giveaway and a Chance to Win an eReader!

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with 26 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of inspirational fiction novels to two lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

Oh, and did I mention you’ll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering? ;D

You can win my novel Moonstone Secrets, plus books from authors like Jocelyn Green and David Litwack.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/inspy-nov2017

Good luck, and enjoy!

New reviews!

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Books I and II in my Seattle Trilogy have a new review posted on Daysong Reflections. Read them both here and here.

And now for a little comic relief

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Parents, do you like to end your hard-working week with a smile? These are for you ~~ click here. 

 

 

 

 

Exciting contest announcement

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