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My parents are way too protective. They won't let me have a spare key, they won't let me stay home alone, AND they won't let me have a sleepover without a month's notice! Help! How can I prove to them that I can do all this stuff?
First of all, try not to insist that because your friends are allowed to do certain things, you should too. Instead, try communicating to them how it makes you feel. For example, maybe their overprotective attitude makes you frustrated, or it makes you feel like they don't want you to grow up and learn to be responsible. Then, give your parents a chance to let you know how they feel in return. Consider asking them what makes them uncomfortable about leaving you alone. When everyone talks openly about their feelings, it can open a lot of doors. You're on the right track by wanting to prove to them that you can do this stuff. Perhaps you and your parents can work together to come up with a compromise - perhaps there is something that you can do to show them that you're ready to take on more responsibility. Good luck!
--Therapist Robin Shlien, M.A., M.F.T.
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If someone you don't like has a crush on you, what do you do?
1) Ask him/her to go away.
2) Try to get to know the person.
3) Make fun of him/her.
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What is your favorite thing about watching sports?
--From Alain, 13
“My favorite thing about watching sports is the intensity and talent that the players use. I like to dream that someday, I might be as good as those athletes!"
“I like watching sports because I get to spend time with my dad. I like to play sports too so it is fun to watch other people play!"
“I really like the action. I especially like watching basketball. The noise and screaming gets me excited."
“The best thing about watching sports is when the team you are going for scores a point or is in the lead or won the first half or even won the whole game."
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