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    Mar 2, 2020

    10 Things Every Teenager Should Know

    Middle school and high school are hard. Here are ten things every teenager should know that will make getting through the teen years a lot easier.

    1. Being Cool Isn't Cool

    When the other kids are skipping class and smoking, don't join them. Despite what other people may think, it's not cool. If you know something is wrong, don't do it. If you know something isn't cool, be better.

    2. Trust Your Best Friends

    It's good to have people you can trust. People you can tell anything to and have fun with. Make sure you have a best friend or two that you feel completely comfortable with. It will make your teenage years all worth it.

    3. Be Proactive, Not Reactive

    If you're having a problem with someone, get ahead of the situation and get help. Don't wait for the situation to get worse and then react. Chances are your reaction will come from the emotions you're feeling in the moment instead of a well-thought-out plan.

    4. Don't Be Afraid To Tell A Teacher

    Despite what the other kids may think, it is always okay to tell a teacher about anything. If you're having a problem in school, or if a friend is, or even if you're having a problem at home, it's always okay to go to a teacher or guidance counselor for help.

    5. Be Yourself

    The best thing you can do is be yourself. Always. What others think and say may seem important, but I promise you it isn't. When middle school and high school are over, those kids won't even matter anymore. Be yourself no matter what and you'll be a better person for it.

    6. Do Your Homework

    After a whole day at school, the last thing you want to do is come home and do homework. I get it. I've been there. I didn't do homework and I ended up repeating an entire year of school, which was really embarrassing. Do your homework as efficiently as possible and stay on top of your grades, you'll thank me later.

    7. Be Honest With Your Parents

    Just how you shouldn't be afraid to tell a teacher anything, make sure to open and honest with your parents. They care about you and they're your best advocates. It may seem like you're on different pages sometimes, but they do want the best for you in the long run. Confide in them.

    8. Have A Safe Emotional Outlet

    Whether it be drawing, writing, painting, singing, dancing or running, make sure you have a way of expressing your emotions. Don't keep your feelings about anything bottled up. Create a safe outlet for yourself and stick with it.

    9. Include Others

    If you see someone eating lunch alone, befriend them. Everyone needs a friend and you can be that friend. Have lunch with them, talk to them and hand out with them. You may be the only one that does.

    10. Be Nice

    Teenage years are hard on everyone, so be nice. If you know what it feels like for someone to be mean to you, don't do it to others. Treat others how you want to be treated.

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