Teenagers today must be ever vigilant to the many distractions and
dangers that surround them. Knowing what these pitfalls are will help
teenagers avoid trouble and have a happier teenagehood.
First on the list are those distractions that take them away
from their studies. Students owe it to themselves and their parents to
put in their best efforts in their studies. At all times therefore, teenagers
must make it a point to be conscious of the fact that their studies ought to
come first. This strategy will help them get their priorities right. Complete
that piece of homework or revise those chapters for the examination
before you decide to hang out with your friends. Studies must come first.
Next, let's talk about parents. Parents are wonderful people. They
always have the best interests of their children at heart and they will do
anything to prevent their children from getting hurt. However, teenagers
often think that parents do not understand them and they are unable to
communicate with their parents. So these teenagers are rude to their
parents and become utterly selfish at times. If teenagers are a bit more
appreciative of their parents and try and put themselves in the shoes of
their parents, they will then be able to know how their parents think and
feel - of their fears and dreams for their children.
Now let's turn to the topic of friends. Friends are wonderful to
have. Good friends are always there for you, just like parents. But there
are friends you who may turn out to be bad influences and can lead you
astray. Then there are friends who can inspire you and propel you to
achieve great heights. So how do you distinguish the good
from the bad ?
In this respect, young people must learn to think for themselves. Reflect
constantly on events, people and ideas. Learn to see through people. Hold
on to sound moral values and principles. These will definitely help you
discriminate the good from the 'bad'.
Being a teenager is not an easy thing. This is the time when there are
many temptations and when you grow as a person. Therefore, sticking to
the three points mentioned above would make life easier for you. First of
all, concentrate on your studies because this will determine your future.
Secondly, understand that your parents want the best for you. Lastly,
choose your friends wisely.