There's nothing like a good-looking suit.
Putting one on before work or before church on Sunday is second nature. You don't even have to think about it.
But think about when you were little, and had to learn how to lace your strings, tie your tie and tuck in your shirt. You might not have learned it all at once, but you eventually learned how to put it together.
Just like you had to learn to get dressed up when you needed to look sharp, there's a lot that our kids need to learn in school. To make sure they're learning what they need to know to get a job, Tennessee is rolling out a new set of higher standards in our schools, called Common Core.
At an event that felt like a black church service at times, President Obama on Thursday spoke in deeply personal terms about growing up without a father and urged the entire country to get behind his newly-launched "My Brother's Keeper" program to help young black and Latino men.
"I didn't have a dad in the house and I was angry about it, even though I didn't necessarily realize it at the time," the president said of his childhood, with 20 black and Latino boys standing behind him in the White House's East Room.
He added,"I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn't always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short."
One after another, they poured into the Booker T. Washington High School auditorium last Saturday (Feb. 22nd) led by their team coaches, all Memphis Police Department officers – chiefs, colonels, majors, sergeants and the like.
Sworn to protect and serve, these mighty MPD men and women added an addendum named Teach to that oath. Fully dressed in their uniforms, with weapons, handcuffs and badges in place, they jokingly and warmly readied their teams for intellectual combat.
Tucked in the various corners of the auditorium, the 2014 Black History Knowledge Bowl teams gathered in circles discussing the historical task at hand.
The Dilemma: A parent wrote to say that she was recently arrested because she spanked her 9-year-old daughter, who sneaked out the house and returned home at 1 a.m. Worried about her daughter's absence, the mother had called police to place a missing person report and was told she had to wait 24 hours. According to the mother, she did not whip her daughter unmercifully.
Nevertheless, the daughter called the police after the spanking. Now the mother wants to know how she can forgive her daughter's betrayal and how they can continue to live under the same roof since the daughter refuses to obey the rules of the house and considers measures such as timeouts to be "BS."
"I believe in spanking if you are hard-headed or disobedient," the mother wrote. "Is there anything wrong with spanking your child as long as you don't beat them?"
Even for the most prepared parents, raising a healthy and happy child is one of life's major challenges.
Having the ability to check off commonly accepted parenting prerequisites – a quality education, a good job, mental and emotional stability, a safe home – can make the challenge easier to tackle and overcome.
Unfortunately, adolescents who become parents often have a shortage of key life skills and other resources that are vital to the parenting process.
This sad reality is supported by research showing that, on average, children who are born to teen parents are less likely to ever reach their full potential.
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