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Per the AAA study, 963,000 drivers ages 16-19 were involved in police-reported motor vehicle crashes in 2013, which resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths.

Key Findings

The driver was found to have been driving too fast for conditions in 79% of single-vehicle crashes; following too closely in 36% of rear-end crashes, and failed to yield to another vehicle in 43% of angle crashes.

The driver was inattentive or engaged in some other non-driving-related activity in 58% of crashes overall (44% of loss-of-control crashes, 89% of road -departure crashes, 76% of rear-end crashes, and 51% of angle crashes).

The most frequent potentially-distracting behaviors were conversing or otherwise interacting with passengers and cell phone use.

Read more: https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/2015TeenCrashCausationFS.pdf

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When You are Hurt

When someone expresses his anger towards us, or speaks in a belittling way, what should we do? The answers to such questions can be found in this incident from the life of Buddha.

Once Buddha went to beg with his disciple Ananda. When they approached a house for food, the lady of the house, spoke harshly. ‘You lazy fellows! You are hale and healthy…why can’t you work for your food?’ she yelled and chased them away. The disciple was enraged at the woman she used such hostile words on his great Guru.

‘Please permit me to teach that woman a solid lesson…’ he pleaded with Buddha. But Buddha walked away in silence.

A little later, Buddha handed over his water container to Ananda and went to take rest.

Having rested for a couple of hours they resumed their journey. On the way, Buddha glanced at the water container and asked, ‘Whose is this?’ ‘It is yours, Guruji!’ said Ananda. Buddha took it and looked at it once and returned it to Ananda saying, ‘No, I gifted it to you a little while ago…it is yours.’

At night, Buddha pointed to the same water container and asked once again, ‘Whose is this?’ Now Ananda said, ‘Guruji, it is mine!’

Hearing this, Buddha said laughingly, ‘I asked you the same question earlier this evening and you said it was yours. Now you are saying, it is mine. How can the same container be yours and mine at the same time?’

Though Ananda was slightly confused, he replied calmly, ‘Guruji, you said that you have gifted this container to me and I accepted it. Hence, I said that it was mine. Initially, when you gave it to me I did not consider it as mine, because, even though you had handed over the container to me it was still yours!’

Buddha smiled at Ananda and said, ‘Similarly, I did not take the words the lady spoke harshly as mine; I did not accept them. So, even though the words were spoken at me, they still belong to the lady alone. That is the reason I said that there was no need to teach her a lesson.’

The advice from Buddha to his disciple expounds a very simple truth.

· If someone calls us ‘lazy’ or ‘good for nothing’ we get affected by that word only when we take it to be ours. If we are clearly firmly and aware that we are not lazy or ‘good for nothing’, what that person says about us is just nonsense. ‘Nonsense’ would never affect us. In fact, we would not pay any heed to a person who speaks nonsense!

· If someone calls us lazy and we are deeply affected, it only reflects on our true nature of being lazy. The quality in us is pointed out by others. This is the root cause for getting affected. This gives rise to blood pressure and rancor.


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1. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

2. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

3. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost

4. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

5. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Emelia Earhart

6. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone

7. We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

8. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey

9. The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha

10.The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

11. An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates

12. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs

13. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

14. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

15. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford

16. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb

17. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown

18.Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser

19. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. –Oprah Winfrey

20. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.

21. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

22. Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale

23. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin

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Parenting Quotes

The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them. Frank A. Clark

All children behave as well as they are treated. Jan Hunt

Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him. Dr. Henker

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. C. Everett Koop

Praise your children openly, reprehend them secretly. W. Cecil

Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry. Alvin Price

Discipline doesn’t break a child’s spirit half as often as the lack of it breaks a parents heart. Anonymous

Discipline your son in his early years while there is still hope. If you don’t you will ruin his life. Anonymous

It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by fear. Terence

To understand your parents’ love you must raise children yourself.Chinese Proverb

Whoever said it first spoke with insight and wisdom: you don’t own children, you only borrow them. Anne Linn

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. Anonymous

First you have to teach a child to talk, then you have to teach it to be quiet. Prochnow

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be. David Bly

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to love their father. Anonymous

A truly appreciative child will break, lose, spoil, or fondle to death any really successful gift within a matter of minutes. Russell Lynes

There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes. Dr. Who

If your baby is beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time, you’re the grandma. Theresa Bloomingdale

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry S. Truman

A mother understands what a child does not say. Jewish Proverb

The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. Lane Olinhouse

A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.Lion

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. Lin Yutang

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. Harold Hulbert

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for. Anonymous

Children Learn What They Live – Dorothy Law Neite

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child learns to feel shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement he learns confidence
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
He a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

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I came across this beautiful set of words on a parent’s role in building a child’s character

Hope you enjoy it.

Begin with Yourself

· Look inward

· Walk-the-Walk and Talk the Talk

· Treat your child as a person, with love and respect

Provide Leadership

· Share your Values

· Set Firm, consistent guidelines

· Hold child accountable for their actions

· Praise effort, not results

· Know that he/she won’t always get it right

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A study from Drugfree.org suggest that only 14% of the parents have discussed abuse of prescription drugs with their kids. One in four teens in the study said they had misused or abused a prescription drug at least once. One in eight teens report misusing or abusing the drugs Ritalin or Adderall. Some parents didn’t see a significant risk in teens misusing prescription drugs. More shockingly, some kids are having “skittles parties,” where the teens throw all the pills they poach from home into a big bowl, mix them up and then take a few without knowing exactly what they were ingesting.


Talk to your kid about the dangers and risk of prescription drugs. They are just as potent and in some cases, more deadly a chemical than street drugs.

Lock away unsafe drugs in a cabinet and keep track of it.

Keep an eye on your kid’s habit and know their friends. As the famous saying goes “You are, the company you keep”.

For more read “The Partnership at Drugfree.org

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This classic advertisement from the early 20th century shows how crooked companies have exploited people.

It is an ad. for a tobacco cigarette and they sell on its “Asthma curing abilities.”

Ooh! But they are considerate …. It is not recommended for children under 6!

And the kicker: It is called DOCTOR BATTY’S. Exploiting the trust consumers place on the word “Doctor”.


Don’t trust commercial speak.

Know their motives.

And on the same vein, if you come across a study, check out who funded the study.

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European Study confirms earlier American study results that 12 Ounces of Sugary Soda a Day Raises Diabetes Risk by 22%!!!


The finding in the journal Diabetologia is based on an analysis of data collected from more than 28,000 people in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The study found an association between consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and heightened risk of type 2 diabetes. Consumption of pure or diluted fruit juice was not significantly associated with diabetes risk, according to the report.

The 22 percent increased risk of diabetes among Europeans who drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks is similar to previous research showing that North Americans who consume these types of beverages have a 25 percent increased risk of diabetes, the researchers said in a journal news release.


Diabetes is very serious disease. Ask someone suffering from it and you will hear horror stories of its effect on blood vessels, lungs, eyes and wound healing. Additionally, since it is non reversible (in most cases) one has to live with-in limits for the rest of the life. Would you ever wish that on your worst enemy?

No! So why do we let our children knowing or unknowingly consume so much sugar.

Do you realize that there are 16 stacks of sugar cubes in one soda?


a) Avoid Soda. In fact cut out soda from any parties or restaurant meal and replace it with water or fresh fruit juices instead. This is what we do in our family.

b) Check the labels on your food items to find the level of sugar. To learn more, check out: http://www.sugarstacks.com/

c) Minimize use of white sugar and substitute with natural sweeteners like honey, dates etc.

But before we go preaching to our kids, let us start by cutting soda and refined sugar out from our own diet.

A journey of a thousand mile, Lao Tzu says, starts with one step.

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According to an epidemiologic study published online in Pediatrics, since the 1970s, the incidence of melanoma (Skin Cancer) has been rising about 2% per year in adolescents, similar to adults.

However they are not sure of the reasons for this increase. UVB exposure did not appear to be the primary factor contributing to the increase in melanoma, the researchers noted. These data are consistent with those of previous studies that have reported increasing rates of melanoma in the pediatric populations of Australia, Sweden, and England.


Melanoma was nearly twice as common in girls compared to boys overall (61% vs. 39%) with similar percentages within each age group (0-9 years, 10-14 years, and 15-19 years).

The incidence increased with age. The majority of melanomas – 77% – were diagnosed in adolescents aged 15-19 years.

The most frequent melanoma sites in girls were the lower limbs and hips.

Among boys, melanomas were most common on the skin of the face and trunk.


All significantly increasing trends for melanoma occurred in sun-exposed areas of the body. So cover your body. And use a high index SPF sun block cream when your kids go out in the sun.

Don’t allow your kids to tan. This finding also suggests that tanning facilities may instead be a major source of the increase in incidence.

For more information, read this.