Editor’s Note: In our back-page advice column called Life Skills Made Easy, we tackle a different question each month, sourced straight from our Teen Advisory Board members—or your students! (They can go here to submit their questions.) The goal is to provide teens with the simple, doable strategies that will help them succeed in school and in life.
Declining an invitation is tough for everyone. But for teens, who tend to put a lot of energy into their social life, saying no can be particularly challenging. Teens feel pressure to achieve, and say yes to everything—like studying more, joining another club, participating in another sport, or completing volunteer hours—and this pressure only bleeds over into their social lives.
That’s why this month’s Life Skills Made Easy question from Joey, a high school sophomore in Massachusetts, is perfeclty on point!