Teenagers, Let’s Talk About Things That Matter

Choose the right friends

Choose your friends wisely. It is said that you go as the friends you keep. Avoid those who give you bad advice make you do what you do not want to do or what is not right. This is peer pressure. Avoid negative influences. Learn to say ‘No’ and mean it.

Make friends with those who share your values. Associate with good and responsible people. Associate with those who make positive influence on you. A person who stops being your friend was never a friend.

Resist peer pressure

Some teenagers give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, they don’t want to be made fun of or due to curiosity. Walk away from situations and people that will make you compromise your standards and convictions. Be a disciplined person. Shun negative impact.

Teenagers who know what they want and are not afraid to say ‘no’ to peer pressure attract the respect and admiration of others. Be the person who influences others in positive and healthy ways.

Develop personal integrity, honesty and prudence. Learn to manage money. Make the best financial decisions. Learn to budget your funds and keep track of your money and spending. Lead a life of discipline.

Surround yourself with good people. Don’t be afraid to be different. Avoid bad songs, songs with bad lyrics and inappropriate use of the social media. Make wise use of the internet avoid inappropriate content.

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Take charge of your health

Take charge of your health and well-being. Stay away from drugs, alcohol and cigarette. Avoid people who use them and pressure others to do the same. Protect your health and mind. Participate in those things that promote your health, safety and well-being. Stay positive and be happy.

Change the message you give to yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. Remind yourself your body is unique and beautiful in its own way. Get regular exercise. Partake in physical activities that are good for you and help you feel better.

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Say ‘No’ to sex

Avoid premarital sex. Set appropriate boundaries. There are some things that should wait. Sex is one of them. Some teens have sex because their friends pressure them into it. A friend who coerces you to have sex is not a good friend. Do not allow anyone lure, blackmail or intimidate you into having sex or doing what you do not want to do. No sex before marriage is a wise decision.

Premarital Sex has negative effects such as sexually transmitted diseases (STD), unwanted pregnancy, teenage parenthood and dropping out of school. Abstinence is the right choice. It prevents getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant. This way you don’t miss out on your youthful years.

Don’t get involved in romantic relationship. Avoid kissing and do not allow wrong touching.  Develop good friendships based on respect and consideration for the other person. Be focused. Avoid study distractions. Set good and achievable goals for yourself.

Communicate clearly and honestly

Formulate your own opinion on things. Be yourself. Stand up for what you believe in. If it is wrong, if it doesn’t feel right because others are doing it does not make it right. Know who you are. Be a good example. Know what you want despite what others say or do. Take responsibility for your actions. Make responsibile choices.

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Learn to confide in your parents. When going through anxiety, worried, confused, afraid or struggling with anything, learn to speak early, clearly and honestly about the way you feel to the adult in charge, other trusted and responsible adult, your school counsellor or you may need to report someone to your teacher.

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Get to know God

Know God personally. Develop an intimate relationship with Him. Tell your hurts to God. Take everything to God in prayer.