Don’t be a copy cat: Just because you see celebrities online acting and saying inappropriate things does not mean that you should follow suit. Be yourself and more importantly, don’t be a copy cat.
Remember the basics: Please and thank you still go a very long way. Take time to say please and thank you to friends, family, teachers and coaches.
Respect your social network: Teens, your social networking pages are a place for fun, but play responsibly. Colleges and future employers will have access to what you post now and in the future. Have fun, but post and share responsibly.
Be grateful: Did you get a gift lately or did someone do something nice for you? Thank them by first verbally saying thank you, then send them a thank you note. (Emailed thank you’s are ok, but hand written notes and cards are best.)
Respect time and place: There is a time for joking around and being with your friends and a time to be serious. Be mindful that school, jobs and places of worship may not be the best place to joke around with friends.
Telephone etiquette: Whether it be a cell phone, business phone or home phone, be responsible while on the phone. Answer the phone with “hello”. You really never know who could be calling, especially if you do not recognize the number. Play it safe and answer respectfully.
Trying something new: Break your normal routine and try something new. By trying something new, you get the opportunity to meet new people and learn more things. Ever thought about skiing, snowboarding, tennis, white water rafting, fencing, volunteering or learning a new language? Try it out and see what new doors open for you.
Take a break from technology: Did you know that teens spend over 50% of the time that they are awake online? Take some time to meet other people in real life and give your eyes and fingers a break.
Dress the part: If you receive an invitation for an event, take note of the dress code and stick to it. If you are unclear about the dress code, either ask the host or to be safe, dress up versus dressing down.
Return it like you found it: If you borrow your parents car, your friends purse or your sisters cell phone, return it like you found it. By returning it like you found it, there is a good chance that they make be open to letting you borrow their things again.
Welcome to a blog full of mostly incoherent, irrelevant ramblings by a fresh faced law graduate from Exeter, facing what can only be described as a quarter life crises having moved back home. Frequent shoe loser, lightweight wine drinker, cake and crisp lover, and often compared to Bridget Jones.