Take care of the things you're going to have for a long time.
We take many things in our life for granted, especially things that are very important to us. These things can be physical things like our bodies (including teeth!) or the things we own. They can also be other things like our friendships—with family and other people. With all these things, we need to take care of them so that they last for a long time. If we don’t, we might lose or ruin them.
     -The Godmother
About Cambodians' teeth: For various reasons, not least of which are genetic, Cambodians have some of the worst teeth around. An average 6-year-old has about nine decayed teeth, one of the highest rates in the world. Next to all the problems parents face in raising their kids, teeth just don't make it to the top of the list. There's no fluoride in the water and the causes of tooth decay are not understood by parents, rich and poor alike. Volunteer dentists are helping to tackle the problem but prevention, in the form of education, is the best bet.
Did you miss a previous Godmother's Advice email? 
  • #001: Khmer boxing & solving problems
  • #002: Factory workers' commute & "making room"
  • #003: Bright balloons & dangerous attractions
  • #004: Bats and others' ways
  • #005: Playing in the mud
  • #006: Tattoos and bad habits
  • #007: Make-believe
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Background about this email: Several years ago, I was feeling like an inadequate Godmother due to my absence in the US and, consequently, my absence in my Godson's lives. I decided to send what little advice I have as someone who has been in the world for 30 years longer than they. Thus was born my Godmother's emails--a tidbit of advice each week. I decided to share these emails with friends and others because I feel that  folks need some good, helpful or happy things in their Inbox these days. I hope these are; otherwise, unsubscribe below.
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