Information for Preteens:
Communication, or talking to other living beings and understanding what others say, is very important in your life. If people did not communicate, we wouldn't be able to know what others wanted, or what to do, or where to go.
For example, if you are in class and you do not understand something, you ask. Then you listen to the explanation in order to understand what you did not understand earlier.
Communication is also important if you have pent-up emotions. If the feelings are bad or sad and you do not express them, they can start to make you disagreeable and/or distraught. If the feelings are happy, they might make you overly spunky or giddy.
If you have pent-up feelings, talk to someone about them. (Or I suggest running laps for your friends' and parents' sake!)
During great disturbances in your life – say a move, a school change, or your parents' divorce – it is a good idea to talk to people so you can express your feelings and move on, making the best of the situation.
If you do not want to talk to your parents, try talking to your friends or siblings. If you still need someone else to talk to, you can also talk to a counselor, therapist, or doctor. Additionally, crisis hotlines can also be used if you want to talk to someone about a specific subject or issue.
The crucial thing is to express your feelings. Otherwise, these feelings can get stuck inside and never get out, which can lead to problems.
in the end, you will feel better.
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Madison, middle school student writer
Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013