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Kids' Top 6 Worries: How to Fix Them

I have so much homework every day. I feel like I can't get it all done. What should I do? continued...

Give yourself a short break from the books by doing something physical as soon as you get home. Physical activity can boost your energy and focus. In fact, 20 minutes of exercise can get your brain juices pumping, which can make homework easier. Shoot some hoops, run around the block, jump rope, or put on some music and dance.

That'll give your brain a break, and it'll get your blood moving. You'll feel more awake and have more energy to tackle the work. Plus the extra oxygen going to your brain will help you think. An exercise break could actually help you get your homework done faster.

If your homework really is way too much, talk to your parents. Maybe they can talk to your teachers and figure out how to fix things. Some teachers will work with you if they know you are having problems. If not, maybe you can get some after-school help. Also, ask yourself if you're making the best use of your time at school. Sometimes the more you can get done in school, the less work you'll have when you get home.

I stink at baseball and want to quit. Is there any reason I should keep playing?

Maybe. Here's the deal. No one really likes doing things they're not good at. But are you really that bad, or did you just have a bad game or two? Even professionals have bad games. But they don't give up. They keep playing because they love the game.

So figure out how much you like what you're doing -- whether it's baseball or music or whatever. Maybe if you stop worrying about how well you're doing, you can relax and just enjoy practice and games. The exercise you're getting is good for your body, too.

But if playing totally stresses you out and messes with your mood too much (like you really hate going to practice and games), then maybe it's time to take a break and try a different sport so you can find what's right for you.

Remember that it's not always about being perfect or being the best. It's about getting out there, moving, and having fun.

I just moved to a new school, and I hate it. Can you help me disappear?

It's so hard to be the new kid. You feel like everybody else has friends and you don't fit in. It can take time to adjust. But you can do it. And not by disappearing. The trick is going out and doing things instead of sitting home by yourself, watching TV, or surfing the Internet.

What did you like to do at your old school? Sports? Music? Play chess? Drama? Join a team or club at your new school, and you'll find kids who like the same things you do.