What advice would you give your teenage self?

Ah those teenage years - we thought we knew it all. In recognition of the fact that we really didn't, we asked Mumsnetters to look back through the mists of time and share the advice they'd give their teen selves

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"Be a bit nicer to your mum - she's a star and is working her arse off to give you the opportunities she never had."

"Leave the sun-in hair lightener alone. It will make your hair as dry as hay."

"Engineering! No one is ever going to suggest this as a career path for you, but it's what you should be doing."



"All of those opinions you have about life, family, the world, men, etc? You have them because you are a feminist. I know no one's ever mentioned that word to you before, but that's what you are. Shout it loud and be proud."

"Do not touch Southern Comfort at your school prom: the smell will still make you gag over 20 years later."



"George Michael? You'd better sit down - I have something to tell you about him." 

"Go to school instead of bunking off; get good grades, and make something of yourself."

"You're not fat."



"Enjoy time with your friends - you have years to find a man."

"Travel more. Don't be scared."

"Live a little, instead of having your head in a text book the whole time. You are not just the sum of your academic achievements."



"Find someone to take you to The Mucky Duck to see that band - you'll want to be able to tell your kids you saw the Sex Pistols." 

"You might not believe it now, but when you settle down (and there will be wilderness years, sorry) it will be with someone who's the opposite of 'your type', but who's so good and so kind you won't be able to believe your luck."



"Don't lose touch with your friends from high school - they get you more than anyone else you'll meet in the next two decades."

"Hair mascara is not a good look."

"That boy you're about to meet next year - it's not a passing infatuation, and he's even better looking in his 40s."

"Let your mum teach you how to sew. In your mid-30s, you'll actually will wish you could."



"Go to university free and single - there'll be blokes falling over themselves to go out with you."

"Don't buy that packet of Silk Cut."

"When you first begin to save money, don't be too scared to spend some too. If you insist upon investing, some of those new fangled computer firms would be a good start. Can I interest you in Amazon, Apple, Google or Microsoft?"



"You know you say you're never going to get married or have any children? I might have some news for you on that front..." 


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