Shayne Moore

Shayne Moore is a singer/songwriter, a national speaker, and the author or two books, REFUSE TO DO NOTHING: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery and GLOBAL SOCCER MOM: Changing Your World Is Easier Than You Think.

Here new CD is entitled: Refuse to do Nothing.

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Happy Super Bowl Weekend from Needtobreathe

Healthy Super Bowl Snack Swaps

 

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Super Bowl is this Sunday!  And chances are that even if you’re not a football fan, you’re a fan of friends and family getting together over some good eats.  If you’re planning any meals or snacks for Sunday’s game, check out Lisa’s Home School for some healthy snack swaps to make all that eating a little bit less guilty.

 

Good News: Derrick Coleman Proves He’s a Class Act (Again)

 

Seattle Seahawks player Derrick Coleman was featured in a Duracell Super Bowl commercial that has gone viral the last few weeks.  That’s because he is the NFL’s first legally deaf player and has overcome the odds to play professional football.  After the Seahawks won their spot in the Super Bowl, Derrick received a letter from a deaf 9-year-old girl with a deaf twin.  These girls just wanted to wish Derrick luck in the big game.  Not only did he write them back, but he also surprised them on GMA!  Watch the video and see the surprises that this class act has in store for these girls!

 

Kids and Energy Drinks

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A listener writes: My son’s friends love energy drinks, but I don’t want him drinking them. Am I over reacting?

Not at all. The idea of your kids drinking energy drinks should make you jittery.

Some have the caffeine content of at least two cups of coffee. It’s not uncommon for teens to drink more than one a day. Plus, many drinks are loaded with sugar, herbs, or high doses of vitamins that some kids may have negative reactions to.

Experts have warned about caffeine consumption in children since safe levels haven’t been established. The risk of over use is high. Plus, constantly stimulating the nervous system or other body systems may be risky.

As a doctor, I think kids and energy drinks are a combination parents need to pull the plug on. Additional sleep is healthier than more caffeine.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional Morning Glory, Evening Grace here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Marijuana Use Increasing in Teens

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I’ve got some good news and some bad news when it comes to American teenagers and drug use.

 

Here’s the good news: according to a national survey of more than 40,000 high school kids, teens are increasingly turning away from synthetic marijuana, such as K2 and Spice.

 

Here’s the bad news: the use of real marijuana has jumped after a decade of gradual decline.

 

About one out of four high school seniors reported smoking the drug in the month before the survey, with one out of three saying they used pot in the past year.

 

Most experts see the shift as coming from a growing perception that marijuana simply isn’t harmful.

 

Only 40% of those high schoolers see pot smoking as risky,

 

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, says kids are getting the wrong message from the medical marijuana and legalization campaigns.

 

He says if pot “is continued to be talked about as a benign substance that has no ill effects, we’re doing a great disservice to our young people.”

 

And what does Lady Gaga have to say about using pot?   In a recent interview, the pop star admitted she was heavily addicted to marijuana.

 

She says, “I have been addicted to it, and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping. It’s a form of self-medication.  I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely.”

 

Gaga says, “I want young kids to know that you actually can become addicted to it. There’s this sentiment that you can’t, and that’s actually not true.”

 

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Homeschooling and Special needs

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Dear Dr. Bill,

I have a four year old who will be starting kindergarten in the fall. He was diagnosed almost two years ago with a speech delay. Rather than putting him into the daycare program the school district recommended, I took his Individualized Education Plan and began to teach him myself. Not only did we meet their goals, we surpassed them!

Now, I am almost convinced that I should homeschool him. I certainly won’t
put him in a public school, as I have major concerns about the schools in our area.

My question is this: is it a good idea to homeschool a child with a developmental or a possible learning disability? I want him to have every advantage possible, and to progress as he should.

–Tanya

 

Dear Tanya,

Homeschooling can be a great option for many kids, especially if they are confident and enthusiastic.

Having a special needs child is a concern, so I would ask the local school district what resources are available to your son even if you homeschool him.

After all, you have already paid for those services through your taxes.  School districts can vary as to how they accommodate families who homeschool.

You might need to spend some money out-of-pocket to schedule one-to-one sessions for your son with a licensed speech therapist or other specialist.   Often the district can recommend someone if you doesn’t know where to go.

Read as much as you can on your son’s disability and consult experts. The more you know about your son’s special needs area, the better service and help you will get from the education community.

By the way, Focus on the Family has some excellent resources for homeschooling families.  Their website is focusonthefamily.com.

Thanks for writing, Tanya.

 

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What’s your “More or Less List” look like?

My “More and Less List” this year. What’s yours look like?
~Garrett from Shine Afternoons

Practical 5-Minute Resolutions

 

Already given up on your New Year’s Resolution?  That’s pretty common.  In fact, I’ve given up on so many resolutions I quit making them.  But this lady’s got the right idea.  Choose one or all of these 5-minute resolutions.  Check them all out (and commit) here.

 

Good News: Gavin The Great

 

From the small town of El Paso, Illinois, Gavin was a young boy with a lot of fight.  At the age of 4, he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.  After a year-long battle, he won and was deemed cancer-free.  Then, he fell in love with sports and life and the town of El Paso fell in love with him.  At the age of 11, just over a year and half ago, Gavin’s pain returned.  Although his faith and outlook never wavered, his body began to lose the fight.  Just after the New Year, Gavin went home to be with the Lord.  Just after his memorial service (attended by the entire town), Gavin’s junior high friends played in a basketball game. It was neck in neck until the very end.  Gavin’s team was trailing by 2 with .8 seconds left on the clock.  Dylan threw a hail mary shot at the basket, and as the buzzer went off — swish!  The town rushed the court to celebrate, and although Dylan was the one who put up the shot, they all give credit to Gavin for dunking it!  Read more about this courageous boy (and see the miracle shot) here.