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September 2004

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Making Money Making Money
Do you wish you had more cash to spend on stuff, or to save for something special? There are lots of ways to make moolah! Get ideas and advice on how much to charge, where to advertise, and more, plus take polls and post your response to the question, “How do you earn your own money?”


Managing Money Managing Money
Once you’re making money, you have to figure out what to do with it. IML shows you how to buy what you want and need, plus have a little left over for a rainy day.


Go Go Diego! Go Go Diego!
What makes us angry? What calms us down? Play this fun IML-style twist on traditional "Hangman" games!


Advice Q&A
Dear IML,
Some kids at school make fun of me all of the time. I'm afraid that they'll make up some excuse to get me in trouble if I tell them how I feel. What should I do?
--Heather, Age 10

Dear Heather,
Thank you for your question! It must make you pretty sad to be "made fun of" by those kids. They might not know how you feel though. Sometimes, just telling them how they make you feel will be enough to make them stop. Talking directly with those kids can be a hard thing to do. But it's important for them to understand how the things they say, and the things they do can make someone else feel. If they continue to make fun of you, there is no choice but to try and avoid them. You should tell the teacher that you're trying to stay away from them also. I'm sure there are other kids at school who would like to have you as a friend. And remember, a true friend would never say or do something to hurt your feelings on purpose. Hold your head high.
--Paul Horowitz, M.D.

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You Voted!
Vote Now Can you guess how most IML'ers voted on this poll?

Which best describes how you feel about cheating?

1) It's okay as long as you don't get caught.
2) It's wrong, but it's okay in emergencies.
3) It's wrong, and it's never okay to do it.

To cast your ballot and see the results, go to:


You Said It!
Talk about it here! Have you ever changed yourself for a crush or a friend?
--From Reisa

"Sadly yes. I cut my hair WAY SHORT and dressed more 'in style' and gossiped and flirted a lot. Then the guy I liked actually asked me out, but he didn't like the fact that I was all preppy so he dumped me the silent treatment way. Then I changed back to my normal self."
--Alicia, 12

"I used to pretend to be a girly-girl around a friend of mine because she is. I was afraid she might not like me anymore if I wasn't. It sounds weird, but it may have been true since this girl expects everyone to be exactly like her. I pretended I loved Barbie dolls when actually I couldn't hate them more. I hated to be fake though, so now I tell her what I'm really like."
--Anonymous, 10

"I would never change myself for a crush because then that person won't know who you are. Just be proud of who you are and you will be able to deal with it. It's not worth it. Just be yourself."
--Beatriz, 11

"I have a crush on a boy named Sam and he is so cute. I got totally new clothes and I started to wear lipstick. He didn't notice, but my friends did. They were like, 'Why do you you care about what you look like? Stop it!' I tried it for a few more days and he was like, 'Why are you wearing lipstick?' So I decided to stop and he noticed me! Yeah!:)"
--Devin, 9

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