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This week we look at Asset #35, Resistance Skills. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they can resist negative peer pressure, and dangerous situations.
According to data for the nation, only 46 percent of youth report having this skill.
If I could tell you in a 700-word column how to solve this problem, I’d be a wealthy woman.
This is one of those skills that must be acquired over time and doesn’t just happen because they reach the magical age of 18 or 21.
Think about it, you probably know several 40-year- olds who shouldn’t be allowed to vote due to the fact that they make decisions based on some random unsubstantiated fact or other reason that shouldn’t be a deciding factor.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are many 17-year-olds who are more intelligent and could make a more informed decision than half the people you know.
My point is that unless you test the temperature of the water with your big toe, you don’t know if you should dive in the pool.
It is exactly the reason a driver’s license is given with some restrictions. It allows the driver to experience situations during optimal times and under optimal conditions.
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