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Sound Advice for Teenagers

lazy 5A New Zealand school principal, John Tapene, has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth . . . . "Always we hear the cry from teenagers "What can we do, where can we go?" ...... My answer is, "Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book.

Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again."

In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!

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I like this.
It's true, but I would also say to adults to never forget that you were once a teenager too.

I was, of course, a very unhappy teenager, but I still managed to do most of those things :o)
Does the judge deal with youth who have lawns or somewhere to build rafts?

I don't have a solution, but a town should have playgrounds for kids, pubs and restaurants for adults, but neither are suitable for teenagers. Some cafes might be.

Can't teenagers hang out with friends their own age? Build a raft and visit the sick were the only social activities in the list.