1. Do realize that as your teen’s sweat begins to have an odor that they should know about hygiene issues like wearing deodorant, bathing daily and doing laundry. DON’T cover up the smell with cologne or perfume. Cologne or perfume is best when the scent is faint as in sprayed in front and then walked into rather than drenched over the body. People should have to be close to you to smell it not walk into the elevator where you were 30 minutes ago and know you were there.
2. Do eat to your heart’s content while you are growing. You need healthy food to grow well and you need more portions than the average adult who is no longer growing or your baby sister that has not caught up to how much you eat, but DON’T take so much there is little or none for anyone else. Be considerate that others will and should eat too and that you can also fill up using veggies and sides too.
3. Do experiment with your look and how you want to express yourself whether its hair color, fashion or makeup. DON’T forget that others have the right to interpret that look the way they want. You have the right to dress that way, but they have the right to take that outfit the way they want. One person’s cute v-neck sweater on a mini skirt is another person’s sex fantasy. So be careful.
4. Do find your voice so that you can express your needs and your wants of or from others. This is called communication. It is important. You should perfect it. DON’T forget to say, ”Please” and “Thank you” these really are magic words and when the giver hears them sincerely they will want to give to you again.
5. Do dream big, no big, even bigger! Dream big because if you’re not able to imagine the impossible you’ll never be astounded by all the miracles that come before the impossible. Ask the universe for what you want and you may get it. DON’T ask in a small voice or with doubt. If you’re not sure, then the universe is not sure, and if you’re not sure then maybe you’re not ready.
6. Do socialize and make friends some of these people may become lifelong friends like bail you out of jail type friends. Connect with others so you learn how other people live some things you may like and others you may not like. This is a great way to learn about and empathize with your community. DON’T need someone’s friendship so much that you forget your own morals and values. Don’t need others so much that you forget how special you are and how special what you contribute to the friendship is just as valued and important.