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Independent and Interdependent

Posted on 12/9/2008

Looking back on our parenthood, Kelly and I relish the teenage years of our five children.  Oh, I know the conventional wisdom is that teenagers are difficult.  True, the post-puberty era is an adjustment, but it’s not as if we didn’t know it was coming.  The biggest difficulty is coping with the very necessary process of the teenager acquiring independence and then learning the value of interdependence.  So many of my friends warned me about the frustrations of being a parent of one or more teenagers.  

Well, it didn’t turn out that way.  Kelly and I praised our five teenagers whenever possible.  We cared about them and each young adult knew it.  Heck, they’d known it since they were children.  The key is to praise them for the good things they do.   

In my opinion, raising teenagers was one of our best times together.  In fact, I don’t like it when people speak with dread about the coming teenage years of their children.   
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Now that my children have teenagers of their own and I am busy with Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, I love to talk to groups of teens.  They have the whole world in front of them and need to be informed about how fortunate they are.

I always tell them they can make their dreams come true and, if they have a business idea, remember that they live in America, so go for it, go for it, go for it.
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Last week, 46 students from Bureau Valley High School came by bus to Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating headquarters.  They divided into two groups and toured our wonderful facility.  Afterward, I spoke to each group.  Their fresh and honest faces focused intently on my words.  That’s always fine to see.  I told them that cynicism is not fact and that optimism is not fiction.  “Dream and you can do it,” I counseled

I signed a copy of my book, “The Seattle Sutton Solution”, for their teachers to take back to the school library.  Here’s a quote I hope they read:  “Love is the essence of parenting (and teaching) and respect is the essence of love.  We can respect our children by helping them to learn who they are and to achieve their chosen goals.  We can aid the development of their interests, and show them how their decisions shape their lives.”
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Paula and Terri tell me that they have many adult children ordering Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating for their parents, especially during this time of year.  I have seen many times how happy such a gift has made the giver and the recipient.  A gift certificate (or an order placed) is a great way to launch someone into the healthy eating world.  If you care about someone who needs the convenience of our meals, then I believe Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating sends an extraordinary loving signal. If you want to place a gift order, call Paula at 817.689.0265.
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I want to say thank you to Stephanie Keegan of our Minnesota franchise for the first-rate distributor meeting she organized and ran in Minneapolis last week.  Thanks also for inviting Ruth and me to attend.  Even in this tough economy, Stephanie has increased her count by 21% during the last year.  

Stephanie has been a Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating franchise owner for eight years.  She told her distributors that the first year was stressful with so much to do, so many things to get right.  She informed the group that one day she “picked up the phone and called me, asking for some advice.”  What did I tell her?  “Seattle said, you know Stephanie, nobody ever died from lack of sleep.”

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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