Tips for tough teen times

Monday, September 18, 2017

Today's teens find themselves facing more pressures than ever before. The advent of new technologies, the pitfalls of social networking sites, single moms and a fluctuating economy that has many parents struggling to make ends meet, may leave teens more on their own than ever before.

But there are ways for teens to beat the tough times, with just a little effort.

•Read More – Read, read, read. Read newspapers, books and magazines. Read more than you did last year. Pick a genre that you like and buy five novels – don’t ignore classics and plays or things on your school's reading list. If you liked The Matrix, you’d love George Orwell’s 1984, one of the inspirations for The Matrix.

•Get involved – Imagine how much good we could do if we all volunteered our time to a worthy cause at least once a week.

•Do something outdoors – Whether you live in the city or the country, teens today are spending way too much time shackled to their computers, lounging with their iPods or texting on their phones. When weather permits, get outside for at least a few minutes every day. Walk down to the corner store. Ride a bike. Join a gym. Do something so that you don’t form bad habits that hurt your health later on in life.

•Talk to your parents – Yes, actually talk to them. Many problems that arise between parents and teens revolve around lack of communication. The more you talk to them about your day, your activities, your social life and yes, even your boyfriend/girlfriend, the more they will feel involved in your life. They will trust you more, and you will benefit from their wisdom, even when you least expect it.

•Stay informed – A whopping 67 percent of high school students couldn’t identify our vice president, speaker of the House of Representatives or Senate Majority Leader. More than 30 percent didn’t know we were at war in Iraq. There is no excuse for being ill-informed about the world around you. Come on, teens. You're our future. We're counting on you! Tune in. Please.