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Dear Dish-It: My BFF’s Summer Vacay

May 22, 2012

Dear Dish-It,

My BFF is going to Europe this summer and, not only will I miss her, I’m also totally jealous. All I’m doing is staying home and babysitting my bratty brothers. What should I do?

Jelly Kelly

Dear JK,

Jealousy is a pretty lousy feeling - actually, it’s a pretty pointless feeling. Comparing yourself to other people is never a good idea. The best thing to do in this situation is to think about what you can do to make your own summer vacation the best it can be – and hope that your BFF has an awesome time in Europe!

Wish Her Well

The first step to making yourself feel better, believe it or not, is to be as happy as you can possibly be for your best friend. Yes, she’s really lucky to be going on such an amazing trip this summer – and, because you’re probably a great friend, you should be happy for her! I’m sure that you’ll have plenty of opportunities of your own to go on incredible trips if you want to; this summer, it happens to be her turn. So buy her some magazines and gum for the plane and let her know that you hope she has the best time ever, and that you’ll be waiting for her to get back and tell you all about it!

Plan Your Summer

Next, be sure to start focusing on what you can do to have a really fun summer at home. I know you may have to do some stuff that you wouldn’t necessarily consider “fun” – like babysitting your bros – but can you think of any ways to possibly make it a little less painless than you think it’s gonna be? How about buying a pass for the local pool and teaching your brothers to swim? Or what about tuning up your bikes so you can all go crusing through the neighbourhood together? You can organize games or even ask your other friends who aren’t leaving for the summer if they’d be willing to come over and help you out some days. And for the days you don’t have to take care of your brothers, be sure to plan some fun activities and outings for yourself!

Stay in Touch

Last but not least, ask your friend to send you postcards from Europe so that you know what she’s up to. And be sure to stay in touch with her by email, so that she knows what you’re doing this summer, too! It’ll be fun to get letters in the mail, and I’m sure she’ll want you to fill her in on everything that happens at home while she’s gone!

Have Your Say

Got any good advice for Jelly Kelly? Leave your comment below!

Thanks,

Dear Dish it

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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Family Issues:
My mom can be that way too. There's nothing like that, you're exagerating, you dont even know what you're talking about. When all tthaat time I was going through it. She didn't have a clue honestly.
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StarrChild
Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting
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Froggers
theres this guy that i really REALLY like, im not sure if he likes me back. i put my mobile # on a piece of paper and slipped it in his locker, he hasn't texted or called me yet. Today at lunch i asked his friend to ask if he likes anyone but his friend keeps lying to me and won't tell me if he said anything. The guy and I were best friends in 5th grade but now that we're in different classes we don't talk much anymore. My friends said that i have a chance with him and that we have a lot in common, but im pretty sure he likes this other girl but im also pretty sure he likes me. I want to make a move but i don't wanna end our friendship i don't know what to do.
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LUCYQWERTY123
LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Friends:
it can be anyone u want but it should be someone who has the true friendship qualities and trust-worhtiness :) :)
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
It's good to have both to talk too about things. But, what's the point of being with someone if you can't trust them enough to even tell them things?
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