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If you could give advice to your 15 year old self... ?

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15 Things I Would Tell My 15-Year-Old Self

Posted by Jill Smokler on July 9, 2012 

My daughter pulled out my high school yearbook last week and pored through the pages, barely recognizing her young mother in the pictures. Looking through the clubs and classes and classmates with her, I started thinking about all of the things I'd like to tell her, once she enters the tween and teen years. Not surprisingly, they are mostly the same things I'd go back and tell myself if I could ...

1. Have your eyebrows professionally waxed. For the love of God.

2. Be nice to your brother. He's really not as bad as you think.

3. Stop biting your nails. It’s gross.

4. Use sunscreen. Just do it.

5. He’s going to end up fat, bald, and living in the same town you grew up in. Don't waste your time angsting over him.

6. Make friends with the theatre geeks, they’re some of the coolest people in school.

7. Don’t pop your zits. It’s gross and it WILL leave scars.

8. Don’t go on that fad diet. It will forever change your relationship with food.

9. Don’t drink half a bottle of Goldschläger after your junior prom if you ever want to enjoy the taste of cinnamon again.

10. Use leave-in conditioner, buy a diffuser, and don’t brush your hair when it’s dry.

11. Don’t rely on CliffsNotes. Reading the classics really is important.

12. The popular girl who you think has it all together doesn't.

13. Soak up as much as you can in school. Your brain will never retain as much information as it does now.

14. Stop trying to be cool. It's not working.

15. Lighten up. Your life isn't so tough.

What would you tell your 15-year-old self?

by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Eat fewer fries.

Go to law school or become a teacher

The Ivy league is cheaper for grad school so stop stressing

Go to California, its cold here!

Don't date him! He will ruin you for a long long time.

when the new kid tries to cheer you up when your aunt dies, cut class with him.

And finally, workout now you'll thank me later.

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by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:15 PM
You matter if no one else thinks so.
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by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:26 PM
All excellent tips for that age. I would add when he says he loves you and that theres noone as special as you, chances are hes lying through his teeth just to get laid and next week he will probably be saying it to another girl
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by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:43 PM

All of those and then to add to not be so judgemental. I think back to how I noticed how imperfect or perfect peers skin, hair, etc was. I now see youth and I can't fathom ever thinking anyone was not beautiful. I see beauty in every teen and I wish they all saw it in themselves. 

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Stay on your bike! It's your best habbit yet.

Your mother is right, listen to her already.

Go hug dad, you don't have many more chances now.

I know these jobs are giving you more money than you know what to do with darling, but that has everything to do with your parents taking care of the real bills and nothing to do with your abilty to pull off the same thing. Focus on school, it'll help you more than anything else.

The grass is not greener anywhere else.
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by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

 I'd tell myself to stay on track and go to college for music education. It's the only career I've ever wanted, and I blew my chance to have it when I was younger because I didn't take my talent seriously.

Also...guys will say or do ANYTHING to get in your pants. Ignore them, they're not worth the tears!!

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

1. punch that bitch out!

2. finish school

3. press charges

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