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Who’s in charge?

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THE Philippines tops the list of Asian countries where cases of teen pregnancy are rising, according to a UN report. This means young mothers aged 15-19 who take on the role of motherhood for which they are ill-prepared; more girls out of school; and added strain on the young mothers’ parents who have no choice but to shoulder all the burdens – financial and otherwise.

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Learning to ride a bike may not be as demanding as learning to drive a car, but both require that you believe you can. Every step needs some degree of faith and confidence in yourself if you really want to hit your target.

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Be happy

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Aren’t your best pictures the ones in which you wear a beautiful smile? Presentable clothes and a good posture are important to make a person look good, but a smile makes his/her appearance even better!

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Make your Maker proud

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For stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister and her family, Jean Valjean spent 19 years in jail. He needed a place, but was rejected a number of times. And then there was the kind Bishop Myriel who gave him shelter for the night. When everybody was asleep, Jean Valjean stole the bishop’s silverware and fled. French soldiers noticed him, for he was “walking like a man who was running away” and he had the silverware. The incident was promptly reported to the bishop, who said, “I gave them to him as gifts. In fact, he even forgot these candlesticks”.

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WERE there instances when you realized that you could have said or done something foolish and regrettable if you had given vent to your anger? Thank Heavens, you didn’t! While it is true that anger is a natural emotion, it is also – as wise people say, “only one letter away from danger”.

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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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