• You are more than just a kid. You are special for being alive. You are light and hope. You are priceless and worth more than you could ever imagine!
• What other people say doesn’t change who you are.
• You are at your best when you love and believe in yourself.
• When you feel that no one else loves you or believes in you, keep your head high because no one else determines just how amazing you are.
• Things will be hard and things will be easy. Don’t give up when things get hard because getting through the hard stuff shows you how strong you are.
• When bad things happen keep pushing through. You will find something good on the other side.
• When people tease you, laugh at you, or call you names (it happens to everyone) don’t take it personally. Know that the ones who are mean need to work on their own communication. It has nothing to do with who you are. When you believe in yourself it is harder for the words of others to bring you down.
• Think about how what you say might make others feel. If you think it might hurt someone don’t say it or think of another way to say it.
• Listening to other people (like parents, teachers, and friends) shows that you are a respectful person. It will broaden your perspective on the world, strengthen your knowledge, and improve your conversational skills. Take time to listen. Don’t assume it doesn’t matter or that you already know all you need to know.
• Help others (share your things, offer help when you see someone struggling, tell someone you care and you are there). It will add positivity to the world and create a lasting effect on humanity.
• Try something new even if you think you won’t like it. You never know who you can become. If you limit yourself you won’t find out. If you fall, get back up and keep trying.
• It is okay to be angry, but it is not okay to hurt others or destroy things in your anger. Talk about it, take a walk to cool off, write down how you feel, do something you love. It is never okay to hit or break things because you are angry.
• It is okay to cry. We all do it. If someone else tells you to stop crying or that you are being a baby, it does not make you a baby. It does not mean you are doing something wrong. Crying is natural and something everyone experiences. It happens for a reason.
• Crying might be okay but whining is not. Say what you want to say in a nice way. If someone doesn’t listen or hear you, try again later, write it down for them, or just pick something else and move on.
• You only live once. You are in control of where your life goes. It may not seem that way now, but one day you will be the only one to decide where you go and what you do. Make it count so when you look back you can say “I am proud of the choices I made and the person I became.”
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