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‘SO, HOWWAS SCHOOL TODAY?’
FROM THE DESK OF Jeffery L .Robinette “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison Labor Day is much more than just the unofficial end of summer. Most importantly, it is a day set aside to honor the contributions workers have made to build our country. Throughout history, countless workers have been injured or died while on the job with absolutely no compensation for their injuries and families. Thankfully, a hundred years of legal progress have entitled you to a workplace that protects you from known health and safety hazards. Employees in the U.S. have the right to speak up about safety concerns without the fear of retaliation. Additionally, workers have the rights to: Have safety gear to protect from harmful substances or dangerous environments, such as gloves and harnesses Report and review injuries or illnesses as a result of unsafe work conditions Receive copies of medical records Get copies of test results that show hazards in the workplace Request an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection • • • • • • • Get adequate training Use safe machinery
How to Get Your Teen Talking About Grades, Friends, Bullies, and More
If you’re the parent of a teenager, you’ve likely had one particular conversation a million times. It goes something like this:
You: “So, how was school today?” Teen: “Fine.”
That’s it — that’s the whole conversation. It’s a cliché dialogue played out to exhaustion on TV and in movies, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate. And now that school has started back up again, you and your teen probably have it at least once per week. While the curt reply seems inevitable, it seems worse not to ask and risk missing something important in your child’s life. Also, you don’t want to seem disinterested; all you really want is to make their adolescent years as smooth as possible. So, is there a better way to communicate? According to the experts, yes. Here are a few tactics teachers and psychologists recommend trying to get teens to open up about school and tough issues like friendships, grades, and bullying.
Know your rights, work hard, and work safe!
The first mistake is the immediacy of the standard conversation. If you want your teen to talk, don’t ambush them when they come through the door. Instead, wait for a comfortable,
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