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Guy McGraw

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George Barna has broken down the American population into five existing generationsf:
Seniors: those that were born in 1926 and earlier
Builders: those that were born between 1927 and 1945
Boomers: those that were born between 1946 and 1964
Busters: those born between 1965 and 1983
Those that were born after 1984 to the present are yet to be named
When we talk about Baby Boomers we are talking about the 76 million children who were born in the years after World War 2 and the Korean War. They are called Baby Boomers because there was such a hug boom in births beginning in 1946 compared to the birth figures prior to that time.


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Master Of The Youniverse: Today there is a New Consumer who creates their own playgrounds, their own comfort zonestheir own universe. Its the empowered and better informed and switched on consumer combined into something profound, something Trendwatching.Com has dubbed Master of the Youniverse. At the core is control: psychologists dont agree on much, except that every person wants to be in charge of their own destiny. Or at least have the illusion of being in charge. They now get this control in entirely new ways, aided by an online, low cost, creativity-hugging revolution thats still in its infancy, young and old consumers now weave webs of unrivaled connectivity and dig instant knowledge gratification. They exercise total control over creative collections, including their own creative assets, assume different identities in cyberspace at a whim, wallow in DIY / Customization / Personalization / Co-Creation to make companies deliver whatever and whenever on their own terms. When technology, societal norms, demographics or any other fundamental force unlocks basic, deep human needs and desires in new ways, all the average company can do is to assist and serve. (Trendwatching.com 12/21/04)


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D. Greg Ebie

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I heard an interesting news item this week. According to the US Government it will now cost $160,140 for the average middle class American family to raise a child to the age 18. If you are quick on the draw with your math facts you just estimated what it may cost you to raise your children. For Susie and I, if the estimates are correct, it will cost us around $800,000 to raise our 5 kids, and that doesn't include college! We could be over one million dollars if you were to add college costs for our five kids.
When you stop to think about it, the cost of raising our kids is still a real bargain. $160,140 over eighteen years works out to only about $8,897 per year, or just $741 per month. Now that is only $24.37 per day or about $1 per hour. That's a deal!
Some might argue that investing our money in something other than children would give us a better return on our money. With the right investment strategy parents could skip having the kids and just get rich. Before we jump to any conclusions, just what can you get for your investment of $160,140 per child these days? For only about $1 per hour you will receive the following:
Baby's first steps, and their first words, "Mama, Dada!" To play tickle monster, and blow raspberries on tummies.
Small hands to hold and bear hugs that hold on tight.
A lifetime supply of butterfly kisses (a.k.a. perma-kisses!).
The chance to be the tooth fairy.
The opportunity to always believe in S...

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If we could shrink the Earths population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
6 people would possess 59% of the entire worlds wealth (and all 6 would be from the U. S.)
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following is also something to ponder: If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness... you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you make it through the day you are better off than 150,000 people who die every single day.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death... you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, ...

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Rick Davis

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1. Never eat together as a family.

2. Never have weekly, monthly, or annual family outings that they can look forward to as a family unit.

3. Talk to your children, not with them; never listen.

4. Punish your children in public, and never praise them or reinforce their positive behavior.

5. Always solve their problems; make their decisions for them.

6. Leave the responsibility of teaching morality arid spiritual training to the schools and the church.

7. Never let your children experience cold, fatigue, adventure, Injury, risk, challenge, experimentation, failure, frustration, discouragement, and so on.

8. Threaten your children (e.g., If you ever try drugs or alcohol, Ill punish you).

9. Expect your children to get As in all subjects in school.

10. Always pick up after your children, and dont encourage them to accept responsibility.

11. Discourage your children from talking about their feelings (anger, sadness, fear, etc.).

12. Be overprotective, and dont teach your child the meaning of the word consequence.

13. Make your children feel that their mistakes are sins.

14. Put your children off when they ask Why? and tell them, B...

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