A photo of a mother and son talking.
A mother giving her son advice // Photo courtesy of yourteenmag.com

Around the age of 16, teens think of themselves as adults. The world doesn’t – but they do. That’s the age when what their friends say is more important and/or valued more to them then what you say (as a parent). You might not know it, but there are a lot of teens that become liberated from their parents and are then on their own. They must grow up fast, work, get educated and pay bills all while “growing up.” There are lots of things that you want to say to help them or that you think would help but in the end, it’s up to them.  

  • Number one – don’t reproduce. It’s very hard to raise a child if you are still growing up, mentally and physically.  
  • Number two – forget about everybody else and everything that will not help you now or possibly in the immediate future. Don’t settle for right now on something that is easy or feels good. This is when you must be strong for yourself, be all about you.  
  • Number three – superficial things should not be a part of your life at this time. Hip clothing, for example, must be let go of, that one person who is high class is over-rated. The end is about loving yourself enough to make positive decisions that will put you in a more positive frame of mind. Have faith in yourself and God.  

Most people don’t get too far into life without having a friend who can help you through life’s rough spots. Be a friend and you will attract friendship.