From Dear Abby to Teen Magazine, brothers, sisters, parents, and friends, advice is everywhere! The worst thing about receiving advice is knowing if it’s good advice or bad advice! This influences the decisions we make, and those decisions are the ones we have to live with. This is why it’s important that we listen to the good advice rather than the bad.
As we mature, we have more decisions to make, more choices to live with, and more consequences for those. Taking advice from others who have gone through things similar to you can help with your own decisions. Do you have an older brother or sister who has already gone through Middle School? What advice could you get from them? Maybe they can give you pointers for how to get your homework finished and still give it your all at practice. Perhaps they can give you tips on how to break your reading book up into weekly goals so you are able to finish it by the due date.
Decisions in Middle School are different than decisions you needed to make in elementary school. Instead of just going to school, having a homeroom teacher, and keeping all of your materials in your desk, now there are choices to make in order to have all of your materials, to make it to class on time, and to manage your time while in class. More maturity means more responsibility. Part of maturity is accepting advice from others who care about you and want to see you succeed.
The next time you have a decision to make, whether big or small, think about who may have good advice to give, and talk it out!