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

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.

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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?


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tuffy... tuffymama

I would tell fifteen year old me, "Do NOT start smoking! Its going to take you ten years to quit! Never, never, ever drink anything labeled Bartles & Jaymes or 151, and please stop skipping school to hang out with punk rock college boys at the student union. They're older, but they're DORKS. And stand up straight."

nonmember avatar Halina

I'd tell me to live my life ...everything I've done in my past brought me to where I am today...and I would change nothing..Im curious what 70 yr old me would tell myself now at 40!

Foste... Foster_Mom

I would tell my 15 year old self to spend more time with my grandparents...........you don't have as long with them as you think you will.  You will regret not spending time with them when you could, And you will miss them the rest of your life. 

Shanan Peterson De Wever

Don't be in such a hurry to grow up even though you are right in thinking that life is bigger than high school! Eat your weight in Ben & Jerry's because , yes, three kids will kill your fugure and maybe start a habit of jogging, that may help later! Never underestimate your abilities, work harder in school!

littl... littlelamb303

My daughter is 15 now and she would not listen to me anyway, but I would definitely tell myself to never let a man hurt you.  Be independent and do not rely on them,because they will unfortunately disappoint.  Work hard and get an education. Also, listen to your mom.  You will find out 20 yrs later that she actually was right.

colby... colbys_mom

I would tell her not having a bf isnt the end of the world. and please do good in school. and to get help for depression and anxiety earlier then she wouldnt have dropped out of college and ended up at mcdonalds. ugh. listen to your gut feeling.

torttia torttia

1. Forget that jerk and for the love of god don't let him take your v-card! He will shatter your heart, oh and he is cheating on you.

2. You will meet your prince charming in a year, just look for the kid with the fohawk and el camino. Oh and don't break up with him, your already pregnant and it will cause way more trouble than it is worth because you will get back together anyways.

3. Study heard because you will wish you had. GET YOUR LICENCE WHILE YOUR STILL BRAVE ENOUGH. 21 year old you will appreciate it.

4. Don't quit cheerleading or JROTC, you will miss it SO much.

5. DO NOT DRINK. You will make a fool of yourself.

6. Move in with your grandparents, see #2.



Mary Keithline Reid

GO TO CLASS so you don't end up graduating with your lil brother a year late!!

Stephanie Danielle Olivero

It may seem like you are very smart, mature, wise and responsible.  Probably better to just listen to your mom.

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