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Helping Youth Through my Past

I have made a number of mistakes in my life. My problems started during my early teenage years. Those mistakes have placed me in some very compromising and dangerous situations. Our youth are making some of the same mistakes that I made when I was a teenager. We now live in a technologically advanced society. Almost anything that we want is within reach through our devices; iPad, iPod, laptops, and smartphones. These are very useful tools which allows us to connect with others on a personal as well as in a professional level. The concern with more technology and resources comes the reality of having more opportunities to do different things. Drugs, pills, and sex are more available than in years past. A minor can meet and be lured by an adult predator, acting as a teenager online. This can happen within the comforts of a child’s home.

I encourage parents to work extra hard at being there as a “shield and guard” for your children. No, we can’t protect them from life and they will have to learn some things through experience. When noticing sudden changes in their behavior, then I urge you not to brush it off as growing pains. They might need your direct intervention and support at that very moment. We must work towards helping our youth make better decisions concerning their lives. I got into a lot of trouble by simply choosing to do the wrong thing. Teenagers now have assistance with the bombardment of the internet. I just encourage adults to be aware of the many challenges and offer guidance in the times of need.

“My hope is that by sharing my story, others will learn from my experiences and began to make better choices.” This is a quote by Author, Mark L Baynard,100 Years: A Journey to End a Vicious Cycle http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00TLXK5L6



Why Wouldn’t Mark Listen?

Mark was a teenager living the fast lifestyle of a city slicker. Mark started as a good and respectful child. His single parent mother taught him to do the right thing and respect his elders. She also  taught him a number of helpful things. During his early teens, he found himself hanging with some of the older guys from the neighborhood. He then started smoking marijuana and drinking a little beer. He eventually graduated to using harder drugs such as cocaine. During these times he became very disrespectful to his mother and others. His mother then decided to put mark out of her house. Mark then living on the streets and staying from place to place didn’t know what to do. He mostly found comfort with relatives. His mother attempted to find him and bring him back home on a few occasions, but Mark hid from her each time. Mark continued to get high and eventually started committing petty crimes. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday, Mark was arrested and sent off to prison. His mother was brought to tears and her heart was heavy when she heard the news. She knew that she had warned Mark times over of the dangers of the streets. After she came up from a long prayer she looked to the sky and asked “why wouldn’t Mark listen?”

The character of Mark in this story has the love and support of his mother, yet he continued down the wrong path. My questions to my readers is:

Why wouldn’t Mark or even others listen before it’s too late? Post your comments on this topic.