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Chapter 9 – The S Word – page 46

I’m not sure how old some of you are and I don’t want to go into the subject of sex more than you’re ready for (or more than your parents think is appropriate) so this week’s blog update will be short. There’s probably enough information in the book, and if there’s anything you’re not sure about, I’d encourage you to chat with your mom or another Christian lady you trust.

I just want to say that it’s perfectly natural to be curious about this subject, so don’t feel guilty if you think about it sometimes or have questions… but remember that there’s a lot of confusing (and wrong!) information out there today. We all need to be careful about what we watch, read, look at, or listen to.

Ask God to help you keep your mind pure and to make you strong when you feel tempted by anything that doesn’t honour Him. And ask Him to help you not feel embarrassed if you need to talk to someone. It’s better to get answers from someone who cares than to keep things inside or look for information in the wrong places.

I’d love to hear from you! If you have any comments or questions, or if you just want to say “Hi!”, please write to me at designergenes@annhovsepian.com.

Have a super-duper week! 😀

Ann-Margret

Chapter 8 – The Mysterious World of Boys – page 41

This week’s chapter in Designer Genes begins a new section of the book: Your Relationships. There’s quite a bit of advice in there about how to handle friendships with boys. I encourage you to read through it, even if right now you think, “Ewww… boys are SO WEIRD!”

The fact is, boys and girls are really different in many ways — and not just on the outside.

The ABC network did a test one day where they gave a bunch of boys and a bunch of girls some lemonade that was mixed with salt instead of sugar. The boys acted all grossed out.

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The girls politely said it was okay, even if they didn’t like it.

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Then the kids were all given nicely wrapped “gifts” that had just socks and a pencil in it. Again, the boys reacted with a lot of disappointment while the girls said things like, “Oh, I could really use a pencil!”

It seems that, as girls, we want people to think of us as “nice”, while boys usually prefer to be known as “funny” or “smart”. That doesn’t mean that girls are always nice or that boys are always smart! But we do often behave differently.

Studies show that boys usually do better in math and science subjects at school while girls do better with reading and writing and usually study harder. We learn differently than boys do. Boys take more risks and do “crazy” things like slide their skateboards down stair railings!

Girls usually find it easier to talk about their feelings than boys do. And we don’t think it’s weird to hug each other!

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Whatever the differences are between boys and girls, let’s remember that God made and loves all of us and we should respect each other. This week, ask God to help you have a proper attitude toward boys. And if there’s a situation that doesn’t feel right (with a brother, a boy at school, or even someone older), talk to someone!

You can also write to me at any time. This weekend I was excited to get an e-mail from a 10-year-old girl in Washington (the state) who is reading Designer Genes and had a question. I hope to hear from you, too! You can reach me at: designergenes@annhovsepian.com.

Have a great week!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 7 – Run the Race! – page 34

You might expect that, as a Canadian, I do a lot of skiing, ice skating, sledding, snow boarding or maybe even snow shoeing! Unfortunately, I’m not very adventurous so I haven’t tried skiing yet. The last time I tried ice skating, I ended up bruised and with a swollen knee for over a week. Snow boarding? Puh-leeze… I won’t even get on a skateboard!

In the summer, I don’t swim, I don’t ride my bike, I don’t play soccer and I certainly don’t do anything as crazy as water skiing!!

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Hee hee… I’m not saying that people who waterski are crazy. But it would be crazy if I tried it since I’m not a very strong swimmer!

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So, you might be wondering if I get any exercise at all! Well, to tell you the truth, I’ve never been very athletic but, as I mention in chapter 7 of Designer Genes, there are other ways to get moving and get some exercise. For example, I love to walk! And I walk very fast. Some of my friends have to jog a little to keep with me at times. Hee! Also, because our home is in a three-storey building, I walk up and down a couple of flights of stairs many, many times a day. Sometimes I’ll go bowling with friends, or help shovel snow at home or at church. I basically try to move as much as I can, even if I’m not participating in an actual sport.

One of the problems nowadays is that a lot of young people will plunk themselves down in front of a computer or TV screen and not move for a few hours. It’s one thing not to do a lot of sports because (a) you don’t have time, (b) you don’t really like sports or (c) you’re just not good at them… but it’s a whole lot worse to not move around at all.

What about you? How active are you? Try to get into the habit of staying active while you’re still young. Not only will you stay in shape, but your heart, bones and muscles will be happy and healthy!

Here are some fun ways you can get moving! (Yes, even vacuuming can be fun! ) 😀 Which ones would you enjoy?

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Did you enjoy the Corny Sports Jokes in this chapter? Here are a few more!

Q: Why does it take longer to run from second base to third base than it takes to run from first to second?

A: Because you have a short stop between second and third.

Q: How do baseball players stay cool?

A: They sit next to the fans.

Q: What is harder to catch the faster you run?

A: Your breath!

Don’t forget to visit again next week! We’ll be starting Section 2 of Designer Genes. Woohoo!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 6 – Say No, Stay Sober – page 30

You may wonder why there’s a chapter in Designer Genes about the dangers of smoking, alcohol, and drugs. Most young girls already know those substances are harmful for them and maybe even think they’re gross, right? I’m pretty sure if someone came up to you and said, “Hey kid… want some dope?” you’d give them a weird look and say something like, “No! Are you crazy?”

But did you know that more and more kids in middle school or junior high are being pressured to try drugs? And a lot of them are giving in! You may not feel tempted now (or even later) to try a cigarette or have a beer, but knowing what the risks are can help you in two ways:

  • You can have more confidence when you say “no” because you’ll know you’re doing something smart… not something “uncool”.
  • You can help a friend who may find it difficult to say “no”.

You’ve only got one body and one brain. If you take good care of them, they will take care of you! If you put garbage into them, one day you may be…

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I like to think of my body as being on loan to me from God. It actually belongs to Him, so I need to keep it pure and healthy!  

Here’s a word search puzzle that will remind you of some reasons not to smoke! (If you want to print it out to work on it, just right-click on it with your mouse and choose “Print picture”.)

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You can find more word search puzzles on all kinds of subjects here: http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/kids.html 

For more information about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and smoking, check out these links on the PBS Kids Go! Web site…

Thinking About Drinking

Drug Abuse

The Smoking Scene

Have a great day! And remember that you can write to me at any time: designergenes@annhovsepian.com.

Ann-Margret