Four ways to connect your teens with the world

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Raising teens can be tough. With their full schedules, how do you balance school, friends, and activities while still finding room to teach them about important issues in the world?

Blogger Nicole Wick gives four tips for how to help your kids better understand global poverty.

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Let’s face it, our kids our busy people. I have a teen and a tween at home, and their schedules are full with school, friends, and activities. When our lives are busy and our choices for entertainment are limitless, how can parents find ways to teach teens and tweens about issues that are important?

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    Domino effects of hope—you never know what you might start

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    Has sponsoring a child changed your life? Your family’s life? Your support transforms the life of a child’s, but what if it also impacted the lives of hundreds of people, for decades to come?

    That’s what’s happening right now in the Dominican Republic! Meet Doctor Jacobo:

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    Many years ago, an American family made a decision to sponsor a child named Jose Nicolas Ramirez.

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      Generosity passed on

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      If you gave your kids $50 but then told them they had to give it to someone else, how would they react? That’s what author Debbie Macomber did this spring with her new Easter family tradition.

      See how her grandchildren responded:

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      Easter is one of Wayne’s and my favorite times we have with our family. From the beginning when our grandkids were toddlers we’ve held an Easter Egg hunt at our house. Most of them are teenagers now, but they still expect to collect those plastic eggs and quarters.

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        We do it better when we do it together

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        In the Dominican Republic, people we’re helping to empower are asking themselves, “How do we improve the lives of everyone in this community?”

        Their answer? By working together! 

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        I grew up in the United States, which means I grew up in an individualistic culture. Human cultures are oriented on certain frameworks, and one of them is a balance between collectivism (focusing on what’s good for the group) versus individualism (placing a higher value on the individual). This individualistic approach to seeing the world and one’s self becomes deeply ingrained within us, often going unnoticed until we see culture express itself in a different way.

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          Are you the protagonist of your life story?

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          Are you the protagonist in your own life story … with God as the Author?

          Join blogger Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Momas she meets youth in the Dominican Republic who are becoming leaders in God's story and inspiring others to embrace their own identity. 

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          Many times we refer to God as the author of life. I certainly hold this as truth, and this belief has both created conflict within myself and given me inspiration. I can illustrate this with two of my most recurring thoughts:

          If God is the author, why is there so much tragedy in my story?

          If God is the author, there must be a happy ending to my story.

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            Beautiful giving | Bella bondad

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            Blogger Daily Baez was born in the Dominican Republic, and remembering her childhood, writes: "World Vision has given me hope."

            Two weeks ago, Daily returned to her homeland with our bloggers to visit that hope in person. Today, see the DR through Daily's eyes.

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            A beautiful giving! I heard somewhere that life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps, you can achieve your goal. My goal was sharing my journey and having a community in which we share the same passion and struggles. Sometimes those baby steps toward your goal show you that along the way, it is not about the destination itself, it’s more about the journey.

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              A mother’s story: Being positive about HIV

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              Happy Mother's Day!

              Last week, Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Mom—joined our World Vision Bloggers in the Dominican Republic, where we met an amazing mother: Milagros, or "miracles."

              Meet this miracle mom with us and see her journey from hardship to being positive about having HIV.

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              She kept saying “I’m so grateful,” and she couldn’t stop smiling. I was instantly inspired by her sense of pride and the light that radiated through her beautiful brown eyes.

              I think it is no accident that her name, Milagros, means “miracles.” That’s what you experience in her presence.

              I couldn’t help but stare at her and just soak it all in. She is a loving mom, an entrepreneur, and an inspiration to many.

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                8 stories that fed my soul in the Dominican Republic

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                Food blogger Melissa Bailey (Hungry Food Love) grew up in the Dominican Republic, and returned to her homeland last week with the World Vision Bloggers!

                Take a tour of eight stories she experienced that nourished her soul, and the top five things she learned about World Vision.

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                Visiting the Dominican Republic, where I am currently writing from, has always been a big deal. I was born and raised in this beautiful country, and even though I no longer live here, this will always be my home. When I plan a trip back, I spend every minute daydreaming about what I will get to do, see, and try during my stay.

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                  Unique solutions to unique poverties

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                  A new post live from the Dominican Republic! Every unique version of poverty requires it's own custom solution. See how the programs we're visiting in the DR are doing just that!

                  And meet a young doctor who's demonstrating that communities can be stronger when they work together.

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                  I’m writing from the Dominican Republic where I’m traveling right now with a group of our wonderful and amazing bloggers (meet them below!). As I always am, I’m amazed by the immersive, colorful experience of a new country, a new culture, a new people.

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                    Why I am traveling to the Dominican Republic

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                    Blogger Leanette Fernandez will be joining us as our World Vision Bloggers depart for the Dominican Republic on Sunday to see firsthand how World Vision communities are working together to be greater than poverty!

                    Read about why Leanette is excited for this trip … and the amazing people we're planning to meet there.

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                    When I began blogging 6 years ago, one of my main goals for doing so was to help people. Anytime I am able to partner with an organization, in this case World Vision, to help others, I am filled with joy! That pretty much explains why I am smiling as I type this post.

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