It is a fact that bullying is almost experienced by everyone in one way or another during their school-aged years. The only difference is seen in the severity of bullying and form of bullying used by the bullies. Bullying is an issue that needs laser focus since it is considered a major risk factor for suicide, depression, anxiety, and disruption of schooling.
Being a teenager opens a new array of things that you can now do without the supervision of your parents 24/7. This array includes going out on friendly dates. Some of you might still be too young to go on friendly dates and that’s okay. Don’t rebel against your parents for that reason because they are just protecting you.
For teenagers, having a curfew means saying “no” to a couple of drinks and to an evening stroll in the city with their peers. Most teens cringe at the thought of going home earlier than their friends and missing out on the fun. Being at the point in their lives where they crave for adrenaline rush and live by the carpe diem or “seize the moment” attitude, missing out makes them feel left out, sad, and envious of their friends’ adventures—which could turn into anger at their parents for setting a curfew in the first place.
When you enter a high school or a university, having new friends sometimes distracts you from your main objective in entering the institution: to study and to learn. This can be particularly true when you have a new set of friends who are always on the go to bond and meet wherever and whenever.
So your friends are inviting you to try this newly-opened coffee shop downtown and hang out for a while because it’s a weekend. You are deciding whether you should come so you can unwind. You really want to go but with the piles of homework and upcoming exams that you have next week, is it okay to say “no”?
It can be frustrating at times to have a curfew set by your parents. It gives you a limit to the things that you can do on a daily basis. However, it gives you that additional skill to become more conscious of your time even as early as your teenage years.
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