Adults Explain Which Things Every Teenager Should Know

Adults Explain Which Things Every Teenager Should Know
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We often look back on our teenage years with mixed emotions.

Our final years where we could enjoy our youth, and live largely without responsibility and just enjoy being a child and all that came with it.

Of course, we might also look back on things we did as teenagers which we are less than proud of today.

Or things we wish someone had told us, so that we may have avoided falling into those unhappy situations.


Redditor notViperX was curious to hear all the things people believed every modern teenager needs to know, leading them to ask:

"Adults of Reddit, what is something every Teenager needs to know?"

No Means No!

"It's ok to say no to anyone."

"Don't let anyone in your life guilt trip you into doing something you don't want to do or are uncomfortable with."- Purpleraven01

What Constitutes Being "Cool" Is Debatable...

"It's exactly as lame to not do something you want to do because it's too mainstream or popular as it is to do something only because it's cool and the cool kids are doing it."- itsacalamity

Pay Attention in Gym And Spanish Class!

"Learn a second language."

"It's good for your brain, and it's a lot easier when you're young."

"Get active and fit; make it a habit."

"This is one of the most important ways to stave off cognitive decline as you get older."

"Plus, it's great for managing mental health during the transition to adulthood."- HappyHappyKidney

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Put Those Pennies In The Bank!

"Start trying to save money now."

"You will definitely thank yourself later on."- Lastnight97

Sometimes Being Wrong Is The Only Way To Learn You're Right

"Failing is okay."- 2Graves1Ashe

People Are Always Willing To Help!

"When you make a mistake, own up to it."

"People are more willing to help you when you admit you did a dumb thing."

"This goes for school, work, and personal life."

"Forget to make a payment on a loan?"

"Call and talk to the finance company."

"Mess something up on a school project?"

"Tell your teacher and ask for a bit of leeway, Etc."

"People will be more likely to help you if you communicate."

"Start your retirement fund as early as possible."

"Doesn’t matter if you can only afford $5 a week, it’s still $5 more than you would have had otherwise."

"It WILL add up and you’ll thank yourself later."- GreenOnionCrusader

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Follow Your Dream, But Have A Safety Net

"Get a marketable skill, unskilled labor sucks."

"You need something that’s going to pay you, it doesn’t have to be your life’s passion, contrary to what my peers were saying at that age, but you do need to be able to tolerate it."-sweetperdition

"If you don't have a passion, learn new skills."

"You might find your passion or something you're good at."- checkmatelocked

Better Safe Than Sorry

"Cashiers don't care if you buy condoms."- induceddaftfan

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Looking back at things we wish we knew or had done differently will never end up doing us any good.

But giving this advice to young people could save them a world full of trouble.

Rather than mope about the past, we can help improve the future.

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