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Constant Complainer

Dear Highlights,
I complain way too much. It annoys my parents. How do I stop?
A Highlights Reader (by e-mail)

Deciding to fix a bad habit is the first step, so you’re off to a good start! Here are some ideas:

• Ask your parents and friends for help. They could give you a reminder signal, like a tap on their ear, if they hear you complain.

• When you catch yourself complaining, stop and think of five good things in your day.

• “Let out” what bugs you by writing about it in a journal instead of saying it aloud.

• Lighten your mood by writing funny stories or drawing silly cartoons about your complaints.

• If something really upsets you, calmly talk it over with your parents or other trusted adults.

Art by: Jenny Campbell

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