Annie Fox for Teens... Hey, Terra!

Hi there… How’s it going? Probably not all that great or you wouldn’t be here looking for help. No worries. Teens have been emailing me since 1997 because I give good advice. If you’ve got a problem with friends, so-called friends, a bf/gf, a parent, or anything else… email me. I can help you sort out your feelings. No matter what’s going on, you always have choices. And choices matter because sometimes the stuff we do to “fix” a problem only makes things worse. You don’t want to go there. Instead, let me help you figure out your next best move

In friendship,
Terra (aka Annie Fox)

Annie’s Blog:
I have to be perfect in everything!

April 8, 2014

I'm trying hard, Dad, but I'm not perfect I'm trying hard, Dad, but I'm just not perfect

All parents want their kids to succeed in school. But what does the word "success" mean to you, as a student? Do you know? Is it all about getting a 4.0 GPA? Being accepted into a top-tier college? Getting a high-paying job so you can buy great clothes, an awesome car and (some day ) and equally amazing house? When it comes to actually defining "success" are you and your parents on the same page? If there's a possibility you're not and/or that you and your parents might need to to e-x-p-a-n-d your definitions, check out Challenge Success, where students, parents and schools are learning there are many many ways to be successful in life.

But when a parent's definition of success equals: "All A's and nothing less," life can become way more stressful than it needs to be. Take, for example, this email from a high school student who seems to be cracking up under the strain of his parents' pressure to be "perfect."

Hey Terra,

My parents are super successful and push me to be like them. Not only do I have get straight A's, I also have to get 100% on all tests. If I don't they take everything from me till I get them. More »

From Terra’s Inbox

“I met him online and I'm so lonely without him!”

 

“Every time I think of her it hurts more and more.”

Hey Terra,

I met this guy in a chat room. He was really funny and nice and we messed around a lot (like talked raunchy and stuff). I started liking him a lot. I think he liked me back, but the thing is he is from another state. I feel so lonely without him and I doubt we will ever meet. I feel really desperate for a boyfriend. I'm only 13, but it's driving me absolutely crazy that I don't have one. It's making me really moody now that he isn't here. What should I do about my feelings? It's making me insane!!!

Lonely One Online

 

Hey Terra,

How can I get over a girl that broke up with me. I have known her for 2 years. But we were talking for 3 months and together for like 3 1/2 weeks. She said she didn't have enough time for the relationship. And now she took me off her top eight on myspace and she has met these two guys at a camp and she is talking to them now. It really hurt me. I mean it's like every time I think of her it just hurts me more and more. I don't know why I feel this way.

Down and Broken

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