By Frances C. Natkong
October 24, 2006
I have a grown daughter who is a great mother to my two grandsons - one of which is 17 and yes he goes thru stages as any teenager does. He's planning to become a surgeon and we are very proud of him. He's made a few bad choices as any teenager does like getting a speeding ticket (right grandson?) but he's made more good choices than bad ones. I admit we've put pressure on him to do the right things and we have succeeded, I'm sure he's resented us from time to time as any teen would but he doesn't blame us for any problems that he has, he's adult enough to accept consequences for any actions he makes. He's gotten good grades all thru grade school and on the high honor roll all his high school years, he's now a senior in high school. He's chosen not to drink or do drugs or smoke altho there are plenty of opportunities for it here in Hydaburg and readily available to teens and young kids. He's been to medical conferences and job shadowing in Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and he's just now joined the local EMS Squad. He's very proud of his accomplishments and his goals as are we.
I'm not saying every teen or child should be like him altho in a perfect world that would work but I'm saying that EVERYONE no matter what age makes his or her own choices and whether good or bad they have to live with it. It takes a real strong person to say no to the wrong things and yes to the right things.
Like all adults I've made mistakes when growing up and had to live with it, but you just try to right the wrongs and move on. So the choices are there you just have to make the right ones. I'm not preaching to anyone I'm just stating my views on teens and right and wrong - and yes in this day and age there is a lot of pressure put on teens but it's also put on adults too, no one is exempt from pressure, stress, etc.
You deal with it and move on. Thanks for letting me ramble.
Frances C. Natkong
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