HOW IN­DE­PEN­DENT ARE YOU?

Dolly - - Yas Kween -

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.

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