Life Advice for Teens from an Ageless Grandma by B. Da Haan

Life advice for teens
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Want a quick pep talk that will make your life easier? Here you go!

Being a teen isn't easy during the best of times, and times haven't been the best! Lots of people have good advice. You just never know when certain words, tips, or ideas will click and connect, so it's helpful to learn from a variety of sources and formats. LifeAdvice for Teens from an Ageless Grandma contains realistic suggestions from a teacher-librarian who has worked with teens for decades. (She'd count them, but she's ageless.)

The book doesn't reveal magical, secret knowledge; instead, colorful photos complement common sense advice and encouragement. Each page ends with a question to consider or discuss—if you feel like it. It’s up to you. After all, it’s your book and your life. The book also includes a list of hotline numbers as a resource.

Everyone needs quality advice at different times in life. Some insights are timeless but are still new to you, so now's the time to see what you think.

Embrace all ages and stages.
Life has seasons and is always changing. Since you can’t dwell in only the parts you love and have the other parts disappear, accept that every stage has advantages and disadvantages. You are at a stage where your decisions now may influence major aspects of your adult life. Plan ahead!
*What are the best and worst parts about being a teenager?

Don't document dumbness.
Don’t document dumb decisions or comments online. They might seem funny at the time, but you could really regret them later, especially when applying for jobs, scholarships, or colleges. The brain doesn't fully mature regarding decision-making skills until you're approximately 25. You continue to learn after that, of course. Just keep some things private.
*Should I delete some of my social media posts?

Prepare now for a job you’ll love.
We can’t all be librarians. It’s a wonderful job—if you like that sort of thing. Figure out what you would be happy doing and start taking steps forward.
Work adds character and meaning to life. It deepens self-discipline and self-worth. Adults spend half of their waking hours at work. Choose a fulfilling career, not just a tedious job. Compare your options, such as higher education, military, or on-the-job training.Too many seniors say that they wish they would have applied themselves earlier. Don’t wait to do and be your best!
*Where could I work now to gain more job skills?

An overview of the 35 topics includes

  • accepting and appreciating yourself
  • accepting others' differences
  • dealing with peer pressure
  • adopting healthy habits
  • practicing mindfulness
  • being a positive leader
  • thinking about your future
  • treating others well
  • asking for help, when needed
  • giving help, when needed
  • navigating life successfully

This book is a short refresher of life tips that make sense. It makes a great birthday, holiday, or "I love you and want the best for you" gift.