No matter what adults say, being a child can be tough. You only have a few years of experience, and yet you need to navigate in a huge world full of incredible and scary things. This article will offer you some guidance so that you have a better shot at having a full, happy, healthy, and successful childhood!


Make good friends.

  1. It’s fine to stay friends with children you’ve known forever, but really try to branch out and make a few friends of all different kinds. You can play at each other’s houses, play outside together, or play during school.[1]
    • It can be tough to make new friends, especially if you don’t know anyone yet. When in doubt, walk up to another child who’s standing alone and introduce yourself. Say something like, “Hi, my name’s Eliot. What’s yours?”
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Accept other people.

  1. If you see someone who’s different than you, it doesn’t mean anything bad. People come in all shapes and sizes, and that should be celebrated![2]
    • As you grow up, you might see children bullying other children for the way they look, act, or dress. Bullying is wrong on so many levels, so you should tell a trusted adult about it straight away. Say something like, “Yesterday, I found a few people making fun of my friend Ralph at recess because of his asthma. I had no idea what to do except tell you, Mrs. Ehlderson,”.

Be yourself.

  1. It can be tempting to try to make new friends by pretending you have the same interests; however, it won’t be very fun in the long run. Try to stay true to who you are, even if it seems hard.[4]
    • Children are sometimes tempted to fit in with the popular people by pretending to be what they’re not. If you ignore of your real interests just to hang out with certain people, you won’t have any real fun together.
    • If you are considered to be the most popular boy/girl within your class, take advantage of it for the right reasons, for example, if you suggest going to the aquarium for a class field trip.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    I am 11 years old I really want hair extensions I feel ugly with short hair I'm scared of everything I'm shy and I can't do math what should I do and I really wanna be a dancer but can't take classes cause I feel it makes me pathetic and I'm not good at anything
    Community Answer
    This sounds a lot like how I was at 11, and a few years later I was diagnosed with depression. You should probably tell an adult (like your parents) about how you feel bad about yourself and they can get you help.
  • Question
    I'm 10 years old and I find life tough with everything in the way. I don't have any friends. Is there any way that I can study hard and not focus so much on video games? I try, but I can't resist them.
    Community Answer
    Community Answer
    Set a time limit on how long you can play video games in a day. Don't do your studying in the same room as your video games. Don't start playing video games after school until you've finished your homework and/or feel confident for any tests you have coming up. Remember why you want to do well in school when it seems hard to stay focused. Try to step out of your comfort zone at school and talk to some new people. Just say hi and see where it goes. You never know who could be a good friend.
  • Question
    I'm eleven years old. I want to start a diary, but I'm scared that people will make fun of me and will stop being my friend. What can I do?
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    Community Answer
    If it's that bad, try to keep it hidden. If you have siblings, try to hide it really well. Oh, and anyone who would stop being your friend just because you keep a diary isn't worth having as a friend!

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