The Dangers of Teen Smoking…Teen Issues!

These days, everyone is well aware of how terrible it is to smoke tobacco. However, despite the dangers of teen smoking, many teens are still lighting up. Some parents assume their kids are smarter than that and never bother to sit down and discuss cigarettes. Even if your teens know smoking is against the rules, they still might feel tempted when alone with their friends. For that reason, the discussion on teen smoking needs to be ongoing. When was the last time you talked to your teen about cigarettes? 1. Tobacco is the Top Cause of...

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What Are Teens Lacking If Their Smoking? Self Esteem!

Excerpt From the Revised & Updated Edition of My Feet Aren’t Ugly “Why do teens think it’s so cool to smoke cigarettes? One big reason is that it makes them feel older and more mature, even though doing something as reckless as smoking isn’t a mature thing to do.” A lot of  teens try smoking, the problem is more and more teens continue to smoke. The stats on teenage smoking is mind-boggling. Here are a few: In the United States, over 3,500 young people start smoking everyday 60% of young people who smoke start at the age...

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Excessive Alcohol Use Affecting Teenage Self Esteem

Excerpt From The Revised & Updated Edition of My Feet Aren’t Ugly     “I have seen alcohol do as much damage as drugs do; just because alcohol is legal for people over the age of 21 doesn’t mean there are no risks. Plenty of people ruin their lives through Alcohol.” Because teens know that when they are 21 they can drink legally they view drinking   differently than drugs. Personally, I think alcohol can be as dangerous as drugs. Anything done in excess can be a problem. Eating too much, eating too...

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Parents Empower Your Teen, Gift Them Self Esteem

Excerpt From the Revised & Updated Edition of My Feet Aren’t Ugly “You already have the power within yourself. Use it! You are strong enough to take care of yourself. The more you care for yourself, the stronger you will become. Just take action, and do it! Become the person who is confident and satisfied with herself.” I am always talking to parents about the control they think they have over their teenagers.  The bottom line is they have none. If a teen wants to do something, they will find a way to do it, whether...

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Teenage Drug Use, Wrapped Up In Self Esteem

Excerpt From the Revised & Updated Edition of My Feet Aren’t Ugly A Teen’s Journey “One time some kids at our teen center asked me if I wanted to get high with them and I said I had to go to the bathroom and just left. It was easier than explaining that I don’t do drugs. I would like to just tell them no thanks, I don’t get high, but I’m afraid of what they will think of me.” It’s not easy for teens to say NO to their peers, actually I have found that adults too have a hard time saying no. This comment from a...

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Teens and Cigarette Smoking

This video reiterates what I say about letting teenagers make decisions for themselves because telling them what to do or lecturing them, simply doesn’t work.  This program gives teens a purpose and sometimes this is all they need. Parents you can contact your local branch of the American Cancer Society to find a youth anti-tobacco program in your area. Let me know what you think.

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