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What is your best advice for teenagers today?
They have so much going on and it seems like they won't listen anyway, but if they were listening what would you say?
That even though you THINK you have it all figured out, in about 5 - 10 years (depending on the age of the teenager). Life is going to slap you in the face and you're going to look around all dazed and say WTF.
Man my parents were right, I hate that.
The moral of the story here is don't get to full of yourself. Remember that knowledge can only be learned, not taught, and that the only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.
AND DON'T DO DRUGS!
Don't give advice unless it's asked for, which is highly unlikely, rather just be there as a friend they can turn to and trust. It's hard for them to get to grips with the notion that parents were ever kids like them.
Being a teenager is a tough passage and far too many parents become enemies to be avoided at all costs, this makes it all the more difficult for the kids to return with questions without the guilt trip.
By the time their teen years are over they will be amazed how smart their parents have become over the same period..
My advice will be to align yourself with the vision they have set for themselves, stay focus and enjoy every part of life even if its bad times enjoy it by learning and getting out of it
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I have a list. I'm just scratching the surface though on topics I would bring up and some of the advice I might give.
- Don't do drugs. But, it's really not enough just to say that. If I had a kid, I'd want him to see the effects drugs have. How it destroys lives. Same with excessive drinking. Maybe sitting in at meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous would paint a powerful picture as a deterrent.
I'd also tell my kid I can be used as an excuse to leave any party serving alcohol and passing drugs. Ring me by cell to call back with a fake angry phone call. To create the impression my kid has to return immediately. Or, I knock on the door to drag my kid back home. Or, simply to claim an early curfew is why my kid has to leave.
- Passive Income. The subject was barely touched by parents and schools in my day. With each passing year, this is becoming a more and more important subject. Learning about investing wisely and various ways to earn passively early can help a great deal later in life.
- Mistakes, failures, and rejection are merely lessons. Try to discard the negative emotions. Grow stronger from failure, by focusing on your goals and how you'll feel when you accomplish them. When one door closes, there's always another door you can open.
Well, that's about it currently. ^^ Barely scratching the surface, but I think all the subjects are important.
Wow - good question. I guess I would start with the fact that you should always be true to yourself, don't worry so much about what other people think. I would try to convince a teenager to slow down, savor every phase of their life, and not be in such a hurry to grow up -it will come fast enough. Don't close any doors - finish high school even if you aren't planning on further education (that way you can always decide to go on later, which is what you will most likely eventually do). Stay away from drugs - they are nobody's friend - once you get back to reality you have all the issues you were trying to escape from AND less money (as well as possibly legal and addiction problems). Also, try not to rush into physical relationships when you are not mature enough to deal with the consequences. Don't have sex with anyone you aren't willing to have in your life for ever and always - you never know when an unexpected pregnancy can happen and any outcome will affect your life in some small or huge way. You don't need a bad decision made at fifteen to cast a shadow over the rest of your life. There is so much more, but I would start with these if a teenager would actually listen...
Enjoy it while you can! You're only that age once so make good memories that can last a life. Do things that you'll always remember doing.. (which means stay away from drugs!) It'll be some of the funnest times if you don't waste it.
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