IV. Read the following passage and choose the best answer for each blank.
Building Confidence in Teens
Confidence is one's belief in their own ability. Confident people rationally believe they are (26) _______ of doing things well and therefore aren't afraid to do those things or even (27)_______new things. Teens who are confident to grow up have a good (28) _______ of self and become happy adults. Parents can help teens (29) ______ their confidence throughout their adolescence by following these tips:
Be trustworthy. Be there when your teen needs you. Provide a safe home environment and firm but fair discipline. This is a (30)_______that your teen's confidence can stand on.
Give your teen choices. One of the things that confidence helps teens do is making a decision. You can help teens make decision by (31) _______ them choices as often as possible.
(32)_______your teen to try new things. Be available to take them where they need to go and do so without complaining.
Become your teen’s biggest fan, (33) _______ it is in sports, or in school.
Allow your teen to fail, do not fix their problems for them. If they need you to help talk the problem through, ask open ended questions so that they (34) _______ to their own conclusions.
Praise your teen when praise is suitable. We know that too much praise is not good _______(35) , but suitable praise is necessary for your teen's self-confidence.
V. Read the passage below and choose one correct answer for each question.
Learning The Basics of Essential Life Skills
Living on your own might be something that you dream of achieving some day, but at the same time, the thought can be scary. You need an income, and then after that you need the survival skills to take care of yourself without anyone there to support you.
This guide will help prepare you for that transition so that some day you can live independently.
First, create a support network. We need people to be there for us and to also be honest with us and tell us how we can improve ourselves. Preferably, this network will extend beyond family members and include at least one close friend that you trust. Ultimately, when you are living on your own, you might encounter many obstacles you have never thought of and you will want someone there to be supportive of you and to help you as you navigate a life of independence.
Second, master your weaknesses. It is a good idea to try and be aware of your weaknesses. If possible, have your close friend tell you what they feel are your biggest weaknesses. It Is also good to know your strengths, but it is your weaknesses that you need to work on. For instance, you might get very focused on playing video games for hours, maybe days at a time. While it is okay to play video games, playing them for days at a time when trying to live on your own can lead to you losing your job and also your house. So, it is important that you recognize your weaknesses and do your best to work with them.
Next, learn to balance your schedule. It is important to learn how to do multiple things in a day. You need to be flexible and willing to schedule time for activities, work, and social engagements.
Then, live a healthy lifestyle. You should exercise and try to eat healthy. You also have to maintain your hygiene or you might find yourself out of a job.
Last but not least, follow your dreams and make them come true. Look through the newspapers and online and find that apartment or house that you desire to live in. Decide that you are going to move out and make it happen. Ultimately, living on your own is something that you have to make happen for yourself. So, decide that is what you want and don’t allow anything to deter you from your goal.