15 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was a Teenager

Hindsight is a wonderful thing! Looking back, as a teenager I was Grumpy…Moody… and Mouthy and I thought I knew “it all”. Now that I’m all grown-up and the proud owner of a teenager of my own, am realising that I didn’t actually know everything! Here’s 15 Things I wish I’d known when I was a Teenager.

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#1. Other people are not talking/thinking about you – they are thinking about what you are thinking about them.

#2. You are beautiful. You just can’t see it yet.

#3. You are not FAT.

#4. Your parents are cooler than you think they are. (But not as cool as they think they are).

#5. Your parents can be wrong sometimes. You are wrong way more often.

#6. Your parents do not hate you. You will not understand just how much they love you until you have kids of your own.

#7. If something is illegal, there’s usually a very good reason why it is illegal.

#8. If you are in trouble, you probably won’t get into as much trouble as you think you will.

#9. Dump the negative friends, true friends will accept you for who you are and not put you down.

#10. Spend more time with your grandparents.

#11. Adults don’t know what the hell they’re doing most of the time. They just have more practice at life than you do.

#12. Don’t waste too much time pining for someone who doesn’t adore you back. They’re not worth it.

#13. Only you can make yourself happy.

#14. You only get one body, you can’t trade it in when you get older… look after it! Treat it well now and it will reward you later in life.

#15. Say “Thank You”  more often – especially to your parents.

Related: Survival Guide for Teenagers – Talking to Parents

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  1. I was a teenager once says:

    If you can change something that bothers you, do. If you can’t, don’t waste your time worrying about it.