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I feel I'm not good enough as some of my relatives keep taunting me. How do I handle this?

Question: I feel I'm not good enough as some of my relatives keep taunting me. They keep tabs on what I'm doing and passing comments. I know I'm supposed to respect elders, but this is seriously annoying and would prefer to be left alone. How do I handle this? Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your concerns. Taunting can hurt a great deal, especially if it comes from an elder person. It's unfortunate and normal, but the whole concept of 'generation gap' is for real. Sometimes, elders in the family don't want to take the trouble to understand their teenage children.

If you prefer to be alone at times and choose to introspect, then that's alright. It's better to focus on things and people you like rather than be bothered by those you don't like. Remember, no matter how nice you try to be, some people will always find a way to pu.....

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