It has been some years since I was a teenager. It wasn’t my favourite time, but it wasn’t my worst either.
If I were to go back and give myself some advice; it would be.
Have confidence; be who YOU want to be.
Don’t surround yourself with people who hurt you, they’re not your friends. You deserve better.
Don’t take up smoking! I think my smoking habit lasted a lot longer than the friendships I had at school. Five Years smoke free now.
Work harder, ignore the boys and the drama; work better at school work.
Carry on with the hobbies that you love; I had loved writing right from school age, but never pursued it; I really wished I had.
Enjoy it. Find your circle, your family of friends and enjoy it. Take in each day, make memories which will last forever, make friendships which will last too.
Take photos, although I am pleased we did most of our stupid shit before Social Media, I wish we had the ease of photography; of course we had cameras but it was a longer process to see them; I am so pleased taking photos are a lot more easier now.
You are not the only one going through the hormonal changes, your friends, you enemies, are all going through exactly the same. You are normal. There is nothing wrong with you. Embrace the changes they are the start of something wonderful. I wish I had embraced them more.
Parenting a Pre-Teen
We’re heading into our teenager years; she isn’t quite 13 but I am excited for her, I try to be a lot more open with her than I had for when I reached the teens. They are challenging, and so confusing. It certainly shouldn’t be something to be embarrassed about. I know we have a long way to go, and a lot of screaming and shouting, no doubt crying too! But we’ll do it, whatever throws up at us; we’ll see it through together. It exciting and scary – for all of us. We can do this.
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