Dear Sackgirl and Botboy
Adolescents are like Magpies. They are attracted to the bright shiny things in life.
Sackgirl, you’ve already come across this (worryingly, that you even noticed) at the tender age of 7, when you asked me why all the boys were attracted to a particular girl in the class. You didn’t know how to explain it, but she is petite, blond, bouncy and loud. She demands attention, and she already knows how to grab it.
It’s not just boys. TV shows and films perpetuate the image that girls always go for the sporty, fit, usually cocky and mean type. (It’s partly why I’ve banned the teenage Disney channels, it’s all they go on about!)
Maybe you will be the bright and shiny people that attracts the magpies. Maybe you won’t.
Just remember 2 things.
1. You are more than how you look. When you are ready for a relationship, the partner you want won’t be a magpie. They will be more interested in how you think, the things you say, what makes you laugh.
2. Teenagerdoom ends, eventually.
A smattering of sunscreen
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.