Dear Carol

Turning 16--but I don't want to grow up

 

 

I am turning 16 and every time I think about it or see little kids running around, I become sad. I don't want to grow up. Guys ask me out but I always turn them down because I feel like if I go out with them I would be losing my inner child. I don’t know why I have been so confused and sad.

 

Dear Not Peter Pan,

Thanks for your honest letter. Does your school have a counselor? It might help to talk about this. While growing up comes with increased responsibilities, hey, it also comes with perks. For instance, getting to stay out later at night with friends and the opportunity to pursue your passions in college and career. As for guys, someone who appeals to you will come along. At any age, if you strive to find the balance between work and play, you really can keep your inner child alive.
 
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BY CAROL WESTON ON 3/11/2013 4:32:00 PM

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