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I Want to Ask You a Favor

Life can be tough when you're a kid. I want to ask you a favor—please talk with your kids.

Life can be tough when you're a kid.

Like if you get a bad grade on a test or have a mean substitute teacher. When there's a rainy day—because then you don't get any outside recess. Times when bullies pick on kids, or when fights happen. When teachers give you a ton of homework on a busy night—or on any night, I guess. When you go outside to play and nobody else is around to do anything with you. Or if you come home to an empty house. It's real tough when your parents go through a divorce, my friends tell me.

Kids hear some rough things, too!

Like mean comments about the clothes you wear—because they don't come from popular stores. Rude remarks because you look or sound different. Pressure for you to work faster from a teacher. Sometimes it's hard when the whole class laughs at someone who gives a really wrong answer—or when other dancers make a person feel bad about doing the wrong step. Nobody wants to feel stupid or clumsy. Do you?

Some kids feel like their best ...

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