HOW INDEPENDENT ARE YOU?
1 WHEN YOU GET SOME CASH EITHER DOING CHORES, BABYSITTING OR KILLING IT AT YOUR PART-TIME JOB, YOU:
Spend my money on what I want – my parents can pay for necessities. Always set aside a portion of the money I earn as savings. Try to save money, but it just disappears!
2 YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY WEEK WITH FRIEND STUFF, SCHOOL AND FAMILY COMMITMENTS. HOW DO YOU MANAGE IT?
Mum’s gonna drive me to my friend’s house and school so I don’t have to worry – I just have to make sure she remembers when to take me. I keep a diary, and make lists for my parents to remember family activities and appointments. I have a diary, but I usually don’t write in it every day. I tend to keep pretty organised in my head anyway.
3 YOU SEE YOUR MUM BUSTLING AROUND DOING THE WASHING, HELPING YOUR LITTLE SISTER WITH HER HOMEWORK AND COOKING DINNER. WHAT DO YOU DO?
I have my own homework and chores I do around the house. I’ll help out more if Mum asks or gives me more pocket money. Offer to take over the washing duties or cook the family dinner so she can help out my siblings. I usually help my mum with chopping up veggies for dinner, setting the table or gathering up my own laundry, but I know I could definitely do more to help.
4 WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING YOUR OWN HAIRCUT AND DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS, YOU…
Get nervous ringing up strangers on the phone… Mum can do that! Take care of making my own appointments, because I know my parents are busy enough. Don’t like doing it, but if I am asked to, I will.
5 WHEN HAVING A CONVO WITH ADULTS ABOUT AN IMPORTANT TOPIC, HOW DO YOU ACT?
Sometimes I exaggerate, especially if what the adults are talking about is boring. I can spice it up! I’m upfront and honest, and always respectful. I like to voice my opinion if they’re interested to hear it. I get shy speaking to adults. I don’t want to stuff up what I’m going to say, ’cos I want to sound mature.
6 WHEN THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OR TALKING WITH YOUR PARENTS ABOUT LIFE AFTER YOU’VE FINISHED SCHOOL, YOU…
Totally freak out! I don’t know what I want to do yet, so I hate talking about it. I’m just living life one day at a time. I like to think about it, it’s exciting and I know being open with my parents will benefit my future because they want the best for me. It’s scary thinking about the future, but I wouldn’t mind having a chat with Mum and Dad about it.