Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ask GiGi: An Advice Column (Sporadically Posted)

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Compiled by: Edie W. & Allison B.

Dear GiGi,
All my life, I’ve wanted a pet. Cats, dogs, fish, birds, I love them all! But when I ask my parents if I can get a pet of my own, they always tell me that they “will think about it.”
I know I am ready to have a pet because I know all there is to know about most animals. Can you help me convince my parents?
Signed,
Perplexed and Petless

Dear Perplexed and Petless,
I’m glad you love animals so much and I can tell that you really think you’re ready for a pet. However, you need to look at this issue from your parents’ perspective. Having any pet, even a fish, is a huge responsibility for you and your family. And that responsibility also goes beyond just knowing facts about critters. Do you have time to feed and care for your pet? More importantly, will you actually do it?
It seems like your parents aren’t sure if you can handle that job. So, it’s up to you to convince them that you can! Try taking on extra responsibilities for the next month by keeping your room clean and doing chores around the house. If you’re regular and consistent, I’m sure your parents will come around.
Sincerely,
GiGi


Dear GiGi,
My best friend Piper and I have been inseparable since the First Grade. We’ve had sleepovers every weekend and event wore matching outfits. It was fun, but we didn’t really have many other friends. Now we’re in high school, and I’d like to branch out and make some new friends. I’m not saying that I don’t like Piper anymore, because she’s still super fun but how do I meet new friends without leaving Piper for good?
Signed,
Make New Friends and Keep the Old

Dear Make New Friends and Keep the Old,
This is a tricky one! You say you still enjoy Piper’s company, so why not see if there’s a club or extracurricular activity the two of you want to join? Sports and other after-school activities are great ways to meet new friends, since everyone has a common interest.
If you’re hesitant about joining a club, then another option could be to simply talk to the people around you, since you never know what you might have in common. Maybe that girl who sits next to you in homeroom is a fan of your favorite T.V. show or that guy who shares some of your classes thinks the things you find funny are hilarious too.
It’s easy to make new friends- just be sure to include Piper in some of your plans!
Sincerely,
GiGi


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