MP! Exclusive: You NEED to hear what advice THIS SUPERSTAR gave Maddie Ziegler about juggling a healthy work load

This is super helpful

There’s no use denying it, being a teen is tough.

The chances are you’re probs swamped in coursework, right now. You’re also trying to fit in all your extra clubs and societies, as well as dealing with the politics of friendship groups.

One thing that is good to know, though, is that our fave teen celebs go through exactly the same thing.

Maximum Pop! recently spoke to former ‘Dance Moms’ contestant and the star of Sia’s music videos, Maddie Ziegler, and she gave us some SUPER helpful advice on how to navigate life as a teen.

Seriously, it’s great! If you don’t believe us, just ask Sia. It was the superstar singer-songwriter who gave a few of these nuggets to Maddie.

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Ignore peer pressure

The first piece of advice is pretty simple and that’s to ignore peer pressure. Whether you feel that you should be part of certain friendship groups or NEED to follow particular trends at school – it’s important to know that you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

“I think there’s a lot of hate in this world, right now, and a lot of teens are trying to fit in and be like everyone else, but it’s cool to do something different. Just be yourself and don’t try to impress other people or worry about what they’re telling you,” says Maddie.

Try to be yourself and not worry about what others think.

Don’t be afraid to try new things

Linking onto this, Maddie’s also a firm believer in stepping out your comfort zone. That’s part of the reason she published her brand new memoir, ‘The Maddie Diaries’.

“A big part of [my] book [‘The Maddie Diaries’] is the question of why not? So, why not try something new? Why not just go for something and step out of your comfort zone? It’s about not worrying what other people think,” says Maddie.

So, if ‘being yourself’ involves taking up a new hobby or club that your friends might consider weird, then DO IT! Try something new. Who knows where it might take you?

Tell someone if you’re feeling pushed or pressured

Another great piece of advice that Maddie has is to tell someone if you’re feeling pushed or pressured. When we chatted to the dancer about her work with Sia, she mentioned how it’s the superstar who ensures that Maddie is never forced to do anything she doesn’t want to.

‘[Sia] always wants to makes sure that I’m never being pushed or anything like that and tells me that I’m not loving what I’m doing then I shouldn’t do it,’ says Maddie.

Though we don’t have Sia on speed dial, it’s important to note that there are plenty of people at school who can help you if you do find yourself in a situation you’re uncomfortable with. So tell someone!

If you’re struggling in a particular class or are being pushed or bullied by a certain group of people, teachers are there to help. You shouldn’t be forced to worry about things like that on top of all the OTHER teen drama we have to think about.

Take a break and relax outside of school

Finally, the last piece of advice Maddie gave us that it’s important to take a break. Obvs, we’re not recommending you cut class here, but relax at the weekend and don’t spent all day studying.

“I’ve learnt to say no and I’ve learnt that it’s okay to not take every job that comes my way because sometimes it might not be right for me. I’ve realised that if I just wanna take a day off and be a kid, it’s important to do that,” says Maddie.

So there we have it, those are Maddie (and Sia’s) words of wisdom when it comes to navigating school life. Let us know your tips in the comments below.

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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