Discover what you know
1. Getting older means that you must learn to do everything without assistance.
No one can do it all themselves! We all depend on one another to lead our daily lives. For example, you depend on your teacher to help you learn about science, math, language, etc. In a similar way, your teacher depends on you coming to class so that he or she can teach you the information. We will learn more about interdependence later in the module.
2. I am responsible for managing my time wisely.
Time management will become increasingly important as you get older and take on more responsibilities. Even as a middle school or high school student, it is never too early to begin practicing good time management as you learn to balance both homework and extracurricular activities. Some strategies that can help you effectively manage your time include using a day planner, prioritizing tasks, creating a distraction free environment, getting enough sleep, and taking short breaks.
3. I am just a kid, so my parents should handle my medical care and school accommodations.
Although you need your parent(s) approval on major life decisions as a minor, it is crucial for you to be an active participant in these decisions. Make a list of your questions/concerns before any medical appointments or school meetings. When you are at meetings about you - speak up! If you know how to answer a question, you should answer it. The adults in the room should address you directly. It will always be your life, no matter your age. You owe it to yourself to know what is going on!