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Teen Kids News (Episode 1332)

23 minutes

(Describer) In computer animation, different news scenes in rectangles move fast around a turning globe.

(Describer) In front of a triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News. A girl sits at a desk with monitors behind her.

Welcome to Teen Kids News. I'm Livia. Let's start with our top story for this week.

(Describer) The Teen Kids News logo is on curved screens that form a turning cylinder. Passing around it, title: Top Story.

You can be the best of friends or constantly fighting. Sometimes you feel no one understands you better. Then there are times you fear no one understands you less. No question about it, a girl's relationship with her mother can be...complicated. But as Katie reports, it doesn't have to be. Girls, what are some things your mom does that just drive you crazy?

(Describer) Outside...

When she says I'm not allowed to go somewhere or tells me, "You can't wear that." She goes through my phone and computer, so that's annoying. She cleans my room without asking, and I can't find anything, so, yeah. As for my mother, well, since she's a regular viewer, I'll just say, "Hi, Mom!" But let's continue. To help us better understand the unique world of mother-daughter relationships, we're joined by psychologist Roni Cohen-Sandler. She wrote a number of books on this subject, including I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You! That title sums up how girls feel sometimes about their moms. Does that mean they don't have a loving relationship? Not at all. The opposite is true. You're close to your mom, and she feels so close to you that the relationship is so important that it can arouse intense feelings, both good and bad. Why do teen girls have issues with their moms? Actually, it makes a lot of sense, developmentally, because this is the time where you're at cross purposes with your mom sometimes. You may want more freedom, but you're living at home, and Mom makes the rules. You want to make more decisions, but Mom has ideas about you doing things her way, so it's not a surprise there are more clashes during this time. Everyone gets into arguments, but moms and daughters can really battle. What three things cause the most friction? First of all, miscommunication. You can feel so close to your mom that you feel like she should read your mind and vice versa, but that's not true, so we all have to communicate. Say what you mean and speak respectfully to each other. The second one is mistrust. This happens because trust is a two-way street, not just with girls being trustworthy to their moms, but vice versa, as well. So moms have to be reliable and dependable and honest also. Thirdly, sometimes girls feel like they can't be themselves. They feel like their mothers have too strong ideas about what they should be doing or who they should be. That can cause conflict also. You write that technology can also affect the relationship. How? A number of different ways, actually. First, there are many different ways that moms and daughters can connect with each other, which can be good, but they both have to be clear about what they think is appropriate. So how many texts can you send each other and at what time? What feels like a good thing? The second thing is, with technology and especially with social media, the boundaries for privacy can be very, very fuzzy. It's really important to talk with your moms and decide what you think is private and what is public, so there will be no misunderstandings about who's reading emails or texts or going onto social media sites. Makes sense. What advice do you have for a girl who's often angry at her mother? I'm not talking about me, Mom! Of course not. It's important to think about why you're getting angry. Decide if it's one thing that's bothering you about your mom, or maybe it's really not about your mom or very little about her. Maybe something's bothering you that's not about her, but she's easy to take it out on. Either way, before you talk to her, it's good to empathize with her. Think about where she's coming from, how she's feeling. That can take the sting out of anger. If you talk to her, it's good to be in a calm voice. Any other tips on getting along? It's important to focus on the positive. You and your mom will have a close relationship for your whole life. It's really important to remember to take time to spend time together that's fun, not talking about conflict, but enjoying each other. Great advice. Thanks! Thanks for having me. There's a Jewish saying that "God couldn't be everywhere, so he invented mothers." But mothers have to understand another famous saying... For both mothers and daughters, the best relationships are built on trust, mutual respect, and good communication. That there's love goes without saying. For Teen Kids News, I'm Katie. Meet an amazing gymnast who kept on training despite challenges that would have benched other athletes.

(Describer) She swings on uneven bars. Livia:

Here's a story to keep in mind when you feel like you have too many worries. It's about a girl who wouldn't let cancer get in her way. In fact, as Jacelyn reports, thanks to breakthrough medical treatments, she's barely even slowing down.

(Describer) The girl, with a shaved head, walks on her hands.

(Jacelyn) Hailey makes walking on her hands look easy. Yes, her teammates can do it, too, but consider this: In the past four years, Hailey had surgery for a brain tumor and multiple radiation treatments.

(Describer) Coach Jason Walden:

(man) Get on top fast. She's a bulldozer. She plows through everything. She kept pushing through, trying to stay with the group.

(Jacelyn) Talk about being able to bounce back. This Texas teen earned a spot on a top squad in the state. I've been doing gymnastics since I was 5.

(Jacelyn) She's had headaches since she was 5. When she was 11, doctors discovered the reason: a tumor in her brain. That meant surgery. I wasn't scared or nervous. They didn't tell me, "You're going to have brain surgery," so it wasn't a big deal to me. We didn't tell her the severity of what was going on

(Describer) Hailey’s mom Natalie Strole:

because she was so young.

(Describer) She rubs chalk on a white strip on her hand.

(Jacelyn) The biggest question on Hailey's mind was when could she start gymnastics again. The doctor said I couldn't go upside-down for three months. When that was over, I did a handstand in his office.

(Describer) Title: Chicago, February 2012. At a competition, she flips onto and off a vault, landing with just a slight step.

(woman) Come on, Hailey! Come on, baby. Whoo-hoo!

(Jacelyn) Soon, she was back in action. Here she is at a tournament in Chicago--the bars, the beam, and the floor exercises, all in top form.

(woman) Good job, Hailey!

(Jacelyn) But a month later at a different meet, she suffered a seizure. Feeling herself losing control, she struggled to hang on.

(Hailey) I fell out of my turn and was out of it for a second. I just finished up the turn and had to dance into a corner. I danced and then had to get back in focus. I focused, finished my routine, and that was it.

(Jacelyn) The seizures continued. One happened during a sleepover party at the home of her best friend. It was 4:00 in the morning. I was awake.

(Describer) Macy:

Everybody had fallen asleep. I look over, and Hailey looks like she's twitching. I got my mom and found out she was having a seizure.

(Jacelyn) The tumor was back. Her parents took her to MD Anderson Cancer Center.

(Describer) Part of the University of Texas.

The doctor recommended a new kind of radiation called proton therapy. Because it pinpoints the tumor so precisely, there's less damage to nearby healthy cells.

(Describer) Anita Mahajan, MD:

She's a really smart kid, and I was able to really discuss therapy and radiation therapy and how we deliver it. I explained that proton therapy goes into the patient and stops, unlike X-ray therapy, which goes into the patient and goes out the other side.

(Jacelyn) Traditional radiation or the newer proton therapy? The choice was Hailey's to make. Like a school project, she spent time doing research.

(Describer) Natalie:

There was no question. She did not want to live with seizures or be overmedicated. She switched her research from regular, traditional radiation to the proton therapy, and with what she read, she felt more comfortable with it.

(Jacelyn) Hailey also decided to continue training, even through the treatment.

(Describer) She goes into the Woodlands Gymnastics Academy.

(Hailey) I chose to continue training because when I'm here, I feel like I'm at home. I just wanted to come in and train and stay positive.

(Describer) In a photo, she smiles on crutches.

(Jacelyn) She stayed positive, even when a knee injury put her on the sidelines again.

(Describer) Jason stands by the bars as she practices.

(Jason) More, hold, shoulders.

(Jacelyn) She's not ready to stick her landings, but makes an important contribution to the team: She's their inspiration.

(Describer) Teammate Olivia:

(girl) Having Hailey back, watching her get her skills back and getting on track made you get chills and smile. She always made us laugh through her hard times, and when you had a hard time, she helped you through it. She's an amazing girl.

(Jacelyn) Hailey's teammates have been with her at the gym and the hospital. When Hailey started losing her hair because of the treatment, her friend was there for her. They have advice for friends undergoing an ordeal like this. I would say don't change your relationship. Be... Just stick together, I think. Keep doing the same things so that person who was sick could continue to feel like how it was before. Everything was normal, yeah.

(Jacelyn) Now Hailey has the normal ambitions of any high school athlete.

(Describer) She walks on her hands again.

I want to compete in collegiate gymnastics, and after that, I want to be a doctor.

(Jacelyn) Recently, Hailey rang the gong at MD Anderson, a special ceremony showing her treatment is complete. Great news for a truly great teen. Coming up, a subject that's as misunderstood as it is controversial. I'll explain when Teen Kids News continues.

(Describer) Livia:

Your opinion matters. That's why we call this segment "Speak of the Week."

(Describer) In computer animation, a figure has a tv for a head. On the tv, title: Speak of the Week.

(Describer) Eric:

It's a question that strikes fear in most students: Should school be year-round? Other countries do it. People believe that to stay competitive, we need to do it too. What do you think? Should school be year-round?

(Describer) Outside...

No. I need a break in between 'cause I need to sleep. Sometimes school can be really stressful, so I need that break to let loose. That's not a good idea. Summer's a good time for everyone to relax and take a break from school. I am South Korean and have Chinese ancestry. They have school all year round, and the kids are really stressed and depressed, so it wouldn't be a good idea. I do not think we should have school all year round because I need summer, 100%. I have tons of homework during summer. I would go crazy if I had to go to school year-round. It's important to understand that year-round schooling doesn't mean more days of school. The regular school year has 180 days. So does year-round school. The difference is when you have time off. Rather than a long summer vacation, year-round school sprinkles more days off during the school year. Many educators believe the long summer vacation puts us at a disadvantage. Students tend to forget a lot of what they learned the previous school year. The main reason for school ending in the spring and resuming in the fall wasn't to give us summer vacation. It was because kids were needed on the family farm. And, trust me, farmwork is harder than schoolwork. With "Speak of the Week," I'm Eric.

(Describer) Livia:

This important message is brought to you by the National Road Safety Foundation.

[school bell rings]

(Describer) A school hallway fills in fast-motion. Leaving the school...

[indistinct chatter]

Guys, so guess what. The dance is this Saturday. Are you going? Let's go together.

(Describer) Five friends get in a car in a snowy parking lot. A girl drives.

(guy) That sounds awesome!

[engine starts]

The theme tonight is "All School Spirit."

(Describer) A boy in the back taps the driver’s shoulder.

Rachel, Rachel! Hey, Rache!

(girl) Seriously?

(Describer) She glances in the rear-view mirror.

Oh, yeah, face paint, Rachel.

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel... [heart beating]

(Describer) Rachel tries to focus, but shuts her eyes.

[heartbeat continues]

(Describer) Titles: Distracted Driving. It’s more than texting. A message from the National Road Safety Foundation.

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(Describer) In a kitchen...

Coming up, we'll make a healthy pasta dish that has no pasta in it. Teen Kids News will be right back. So stay with us.

(Describer) Livia:

If you love pasta, but not all the carbs, you'll love this dish. Nicole learns how to make another healthy and easy-to-make recipe.

(Describer) In the kitchen...

You might say K. Lee Graham is cooking royalty. She is Miss Teen USA 2014 and has the official sash to prove it. What are we making? We're making some healthy, low-carb pasta that can be made in a microwave for anyone on the go. Sounds great. Let's get started. We'll start with zucchini. This is our pasta base. You can wash that. Our pasta will come from this tool called a Veggetti. The Veggetti actually makes pasta noodles out of different vegetables. Now that that's washed, I'll cut the ends off. You can see we've done some. I'm using this knife. Kids, make sure you have permission to use a knife. So we've cut our zucchini, and if you will just take this and spiralize it right into this bowl.

(Describer) Nicole helps her hold the tool shaped like an hourglass as she puts the zucchini into one end.

Wow. I love that word "spiralize." So you just twist it, and it creates these noodles.

(Describer) It goes through a blade along the side and strips come out.

It's so easy. Isn't it great? You can pick up one at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, anywhere that sells those "As Seen On TV" gadgets.

(Describer) Nicole does it herself.

This is what our pasta is made out of? Yes, this is our "pasta."

(Describer) Air quotes.

That's good, combined with what we have. Okay, great.

(Describer) She’s cut half.

For one serving size, I normally use one zucchini. It just is a great, great base.

(Describer) She adds the noodles done before to the bowl.

This replaces the carbs in a normal pasta. Right, and you get all these nutrients from the zucchini. A much healthier choice. Absolutely, absolutely. We'll toss this in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, super quick.

(Describer) K. Lee opens a microwave and put in the bowl of noodles.

This goes right in.


So while that's cooking, we'll prep our spinach and mushrooms. This will add more flavor to our spaghetti. We've got some fresh, clean spinach and mushrooms that are pre-sliced.

(Describer) She moves the spinach leaves from a metal bowl.

We'll put this in this microwave-safe bowl because metal cannot go in the microwave. Might cause your microwave to explode.

(Describer) She adds the sliced mushrooms.

So we've got that. We're prepping this to get steamed in the microwave? Yes. That's all it takes? Right. Just add water for me. Just a splash over here. How much is a splash? I'll tell you when.

(Describer) Nicole pours water from a cup.

That's good. All right. Perfect. It takes out the time you would spend steaming vegetables on the stovetop. Right. It cuts the time to boil the water and set up the steamer, so this seems so much easier. Yeah. It's great. We'll just wait for our zucchini and switch this out. Excellent.

(Describer) Soon after...


Our zucchini just finished cooking. We cooked it for 2 1/2 minutes. I'm taking it out.

(Describer) She takes out the bowl.

It's very hot, so I'm using oven mitts.

(Describer) She sets the bowl aside and picks up the other one.

And now I'll put in our spinach and mushrooms with a little water. Great.

(Describer) She sets it inside.

We're going to cook that for 2 1/2 minutes.


(Describer) She presses buttons.


(Describer) She picks up the first bowl.

What do we do with this? This is our freshly steamed zucchini. It looks beautiful. We'll strain the excess water, since, whenever it was microwaved, it created steam.

(Describer) Nicole gets a colander, and K. Lee tips the noodles into it. She drops the bowl into it too.

We're just going to use this. Toss it in here.

[laughs ] Toss the bowl in there too?

Toss that in there, too. Okay. Just toss our spaghetti around? Yeah. Smells good. It's nice and fresh. We're going to plate that over here. All right. Just toss that on. Okay.

(Describer) Nicole dumps it onto the plate.

So we've got nice, freshly cooked zucchini noodles. Let me set that aside. As our spinach and mushrooms are cooking, we also have our veggie burger. I included this because some people want extra protein or something that'll give you more energy. You can substitute this for a vegan burger or use chickpeas, and it's just as good. What does a vegan eat? Vegans, we eat lots of plants, veggies, fruit, whole grains, but no dairy, eggs, or meat. But all of these recipes, it's great vegan. If you don't like that, you can make it however you like. I can't wait to try it. While the veggies are cooking, we'll take a break.

Teen Kids News will be right back.

(Describer) Spinning with the triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News. In the kitchen, K. Lee turns off the microwave.

[beeping] Our spinach and mushrooms are done now,

so we're going to take these out.

(Describer) She takes out the bowl.

Again, with our oven mitts. We'll put in the veggie burger for a minute-and-a-half, or cook it as the directions say.


Great. These are our steamed mushrooms and spinach. Wonderful. Should we strain these? You can, but it's not necessary. Okay. We're going to put those on the plate after. We'll let them cool while our veggie burger's cooking. Pass me a fork. I would love to.

(Describer) Nicole hands her a fork.

You can toss these around. Lots of steam coming up. All right. Actually, let's strain them. I think that's a good idea. Okay.

(Describer) Nicole gets the colander again, holding it in the sink. K. Lee picks up the bowl and dumps the spinach and mushrooms into it.

We'll take them, dump it in here. We got some more spinach.

(Describer) As Nicole jostles the veggies in the colander, K. Lee scrapes out the last of the spinach with the fork.

[chuckles] I'm a little bit of a klutz.

All right. Just put these on top? Yeah. We'll top our spaghetti with it.

(Describer) She puts them on top of the zucchini noodles.

We can mix these in. Gives the noodles some great flavor. Wonderful. It's the greenest pasta I've ever seen. I know. Greens are great. I eat as many greens as I can. They make your body happy. Absolutely. Make your mother happy, as well. That's right.

(Describer) She opens the microwave again.

All right. Our veggie burger is done.

(Describer) With an oven mitt, she takes out the plate the burger’s on.

Great. We'll add this to the side. We're almost ready to eat. Yes, my favorite part. So now I've got our yummy food. We'll top it with marinara sauce.

(Describer) She opens a jar.

Do you heat this beforehand? You can, but because the noodles are hot, it'll warm right up. That makes it even easier. That's right. One less step.

(Describer) She spoons the red sauce onto the noodles.

We're just going to top that. Top some of the burger, and we are done. Wonderful. That's it. Super simple, super easy, and super healthy. Shall we give it a try? I'm game. Let's do it.

(Describer) They each get a fork and pick up some of the noodles.

It's nice and stringy like spaghetti.

(Describer) They eat.

Mmm! Very different from what I was expecting, but super-good. Yeah. It's a nice substitute, and it's really quick and easy. You can make this pasta at home in about 10 minutes. You just need the ingredients and a microwave. The recipe is on our website. For Teen Kids News, I'm Nicole.

(Describer) Livia:

That sure looks delicious! For all of us at Teen Kids News, have a great week.

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In this episode, Katie tackles the complex relationship between mothers and daughters. Then Jacelyn interviews Hailey Strole, a gymnast from Texas. Hailey refuses to let brain cancer slow her down, and she has earned a spot on one of the top gymnastic squads in the state. The National Road Safety Foundation brings another important message about driving. Nicole gets in the kitchen to prepare a healthy pasta dish. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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