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My parents can't afford big brands and I find it difficult to fit in. What do i do?

Question : My friends found out that my sneakers weren’t originals and I’m so embarrassed. I’m mad at my mum because she told me that we couldn’t afford the real ones, but everyone else’s parents can and it’s not fair. Also, my mum makes me feel guilty for spending money on clothes, shoes and even restaurants and cafes. How do I tell her that it’s important for me to fit in! Teentalker , 13-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

I know you’re torn between understanding your parents’ financial situation and being accepted by your peers.However, you know, even though it feels like you’re trapped and powerless in this situation, there are parts here that you have the power to change.

Here are a few active steps you can take to help yourself:

In Brief:

  • Identify one person or friend who can understand your struggle
  • Write a letter to your parents expressing how you feel
  • Problem-solve: comprise on what you&r.....

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