How to Make Adults Think You're a Nice Teenager

Do you want adults to think that you are a nice teenager? Do you want to stand out from the stereotypical belief that "All teenagers are troublemakers"? Here are a few simple steps that you can practice.

Steps

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    Dress decently. Never dress sexy. Try to look good, but don't overdo it. Make sure you've practiced proper personal hygiene, and that you are well-groomed.
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    Be polite. Talk to adults, and use a calm tone of voice. Don't yell or act aggressively. Relax, smile, then talk.
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    Be helpful. Offer to help an adult when they seem to need it such as helping a lady with her heavy bags, or opening doors for them.
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    Remember to be courteous. Keep a smile on your face, always say good morning, thank you, and be very polite. If you bump into an adult by mistake, remember to say "Excuse me". Saying "Sir" or "Ma'am" always helps.
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    Show your best humor. Don't act stuck-up or as if you're stressed. Leave all bad things on your pillows — out in the real world, you have to show a nice smile and good manners in front of adults.
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    Be communicative. Make conversations with adults. Show that you care about how they feel. Talk about appropriate topics, such as current events [gas prices, an interesting topic on the news], or something as simple as the "crazy weather". Every time you see a familiar adult always say hi, Mr./Mrs."their name"; find out their preference, however, most adults prefer their last name. This will show that you are a friendly, nice person. Let adults perceive you in the right way.

Tips

  • Don't listen to your iPod while they are talking!!!
  • Be polite and nice. Use courtesy and practice good manners in front of adults. Always keep a smile when speaking to them.
  • If you don't like something someone said, don't punch them like you normally would just be cool about it.

Warnings

  • If you're having a conversation with an adult and disagree with him, don't argue excessively. Acknowledge their opinion, and respect it, while adding your own opinion.
  • A LOT of adults are naturally suspicious. Don't push it. If your attempts at being friendly are viewed this way, a simple, "Well, have a nice day," will do. Then go on your way.

Article Info

Categories: Social Interactions for Youth