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Even in textbooks, researchers found that more empowered roles are assigned to men, and they are portrayed as achievers and leaders, while women are portrayed as a chatterbox, pre-occupied with making themselves look beautiful, and are assigned stereotypical roles like rearing children and cooking meals.

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Keep on keeping on

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In a marathon, you don’t hear spectators saying “Boo!” or “Ah, wala, wala, wala!” No taunting or teasing, only encouraging words.

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SOME witches do not ride a broomstick. They appear just like everybody else. They smile, shower you with compliments, and kiss you on the cheek. They have a habit of pointing out what you need and encouraging you to embrace an expensive lifestyle. They do not want you to become contented with what you have and who you are. Ask yourself why!

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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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