School will start in a few weeks. That is a good thing for teenage girls who always look forward to seeing how the boys have grown over the summer. Skinny kids suddenly, over a few short months, grow tall and muscular. Awkward adolescent faces become angled and handsome. Shoulders grow broad and voices deepen. This includes my 17-year-old son Garrett and his friends – who of course, being Vampires, are exceptionally handsome and strong. It is a wonder to behold – especially for the girls.
And speaking of girls, especially one who doesn’t care what Garrett or his dorky friends look like is his 14-year-old sister Clara who starts high school in two weeks.
Clara and Garrett’s Tips for the First Week of High School
- Don’t wear all black, head-to-toe flowers, a pink tutu, rabbit costumes or anything else extreme or too weird. First Impressions are EVERYTHING. OK don’t go off on your “self expression” rant. I don’t want to hear it. We’re talking practical truths here. The first day of school is like a job interview for both fellow students and teachers. Clara knows she can’t wear her band shirts with the red and black Zombie blood on them, black jeans and black combat boots (or I won’t let her out of the house). She’ll opt for the black pants and boots with a fashionable flowered tee. Or she’ll wear her denim shorts and black shirt and combat boots or flats. The Zombie shirts and Band shirts will come later. The all black and way too much black eyeliner can be worn later but not the first week. This is real world stuff. Making a good impression on the teachers and everybody else is so important. It isn’t shallow – it is reality (think job interview). By the third week of school go ahead and let your freak flag fly high with pride. By then everybody will love you anyway (for exactly who you are).
- Freshmen girls – don’t get involved with Junior and Senior boys. Clara (age 14) says first of all they just want to take advantage of you. Garrett (17 and will be a senior) says it makes you look stupid if you’re a senior boy and go after Freshmen girls. End of story. Don’t be stupid. Stay with kids your own age. If I have to explain this one then you ought to consider home schooling or a single sex school.
- Boys – don’t skip. Just walk.
- Girls – don’t show off in high heels. Your feet will thank you for wearing your Vans or flats.
- All kids – the first week of school in a large high school can be tough. Clara is coming from a Middle School with only 33 graduating 8th graders and entering a school with almost 2,500 students. She knows about a dozen of them. So anyway IT IS OK TO ASK FOR HELP. If you can’t find your classroom – ask for help. If you’re lost, confused, frightened, baffled, or totally overwhelmed – ask for help. If you can’t find an answer go to the nearest teacher or to the front office. They can help – and they’ll be glad to help. It is their job. You’d be surprised how many kids feel the same way.
- Smile (but for Vampire kids make sure not to show your fangs). Smile. Smile. Smile. Everybody likes a smile.
- Wear sunscreen. Always.
- Make sure you always have a pen, pencil and pencil sharpener and erasers in your backpack.
- Don’t let anyone bully you. And don’t bully (or everyone will think you’re an asshole and you don’t want that.)
- Listen to the teachers.
- Don’t worry about looking cool. If you worry too much about being cool you’ll look like a dork (to the point where even the dorks think you look stupid).
- Have fun.
- Be open to making new friends.
- Keep an open mind.
- Brush your teeth and use good personal hygiene (nobody likes to sit next to a stinker)
- Join clubs. It will be fun and you’ll meet friends. Plus it will keep you connected and look great on a college application.
- Try to learn something.
Special tips for Vampire Teens:
- Don’t lunch on your friends – lunch with them.
- Don’t ever show your fangs.
- Watch for the Werewolf kids. That means protecting them from any harm. You don’t have to be friends with them but you need to help them out. They can feel isolated and shunned – so just help them out when needed.
- Don’t fall asleep in class (I guess that goes for all kids, no matter what kind of kid they are).
- Don’t read your teacher’s minds or do any other paranormal behavior in class. Please, know that your parents are right on this issue.
So have fun. And check out Target for cute binders. We found some great ones yesterday.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman