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WHO is exempted from heartbreaks, illnesses, embarrassing moments, unfair criticisms, financial difficulties, failures, and natural calamities? Certain things, people, events, and situations can give us so much stress – and if we don’t know how to cope in a proper manner, we might end up not only wasting our time, but our lives as well.

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SPENDING many years in the academe exposed me to countless children and teen-agers with different backgrounds and personalities. My own knowledge of human behavior (combined with what is learned from books and other reading materials) increased in depth and breadth by interacting with students, observing them, checking their outputs, and listening to them. Of course I also learned from the parents’ stories, from the remarks of other teachers, and from observation of life outside the school premises.

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Rx for courage

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What’s wrong with justifying your loss of hope and enthusiasm? The problem is that your system might become accustomed to it – until one day, you realize that fighting hopelessness has become a struggle. Depression has set in.

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ANYBODY can write for or against a social or political issue, but if you really want to persuade your readers, a lot of things are required. You must have a firm grasp of the topic. You need to present the problem and its background, lay down the arguments, and prepare enough supporting details.

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IT used to be only about three feet tall because it was constantly pruned. When the pruning process was neglected for years, our talisay tree grew tall, hard branches that cutting them seemed like a daunting task, and the sight of dry leaves falling on the ground was irritating. Just because cutting overgrown branches was neglected.

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“WHOSE children are they?” “Didn’t their parents teach them good manners?” “What are their parents doing?” All these, and more questions when children make terrible mistakes and show undesirable behavior. We can’t blame people for asking such questions.

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