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Dear Mita,
I am a student of Class 9. I talk a lot of nonsense and don't take anything seriously. I am always playing jokes on everybody. I talk to guys over the cell phone and text message them without knowing anything about them. My parents don't like me doing these things and are rude to me. I know these are silly things but they've become a habit. How can I stop myself? Please help me.

Dear Helpless,
Since you have identified your problem it will not be very difficult to solve it. Playing pranks and doing silly things is also a part of growing up. As you grow older some of these habits will automatically go away. If they persist then you will have to make a determined effort not to do them. Childish, prankish behaviour can only be tolerated to some extent but should not go out of limit and be offensive to others. People will not respect and like you if you continue in this manner and this will motivate you to give it up.

Dear Mita,
A few days ago I met this beautiful girl at my coaching centre. We got to talking and on the third day I asked her for her cell phone number and she gave it to me gladly. I told her about my feelings over text message and she responded three or four times. I took this positively but suddenly she stopped responding. She never even asked me to stop texting her. I want to talk to her but I don't know how to get through to her. What should I do?

Dear SAM,
There is nothing much you can do if she has now realised that she does not want to talk to you any longer. If you meet her at the coaching centre then you could ask her why she has stopped responding. Please do not take these things so seriously. Such things will come and go and are all a part of growing up.


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