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Marlene Wallach is your go-to resource for all things beauty, fashion, modeling, lifestyle and wellness in the sometimes “trying” world of teens and tweens. As president of Wilhelmina Kids & Teens for nearly two decades, she is your Champion of Girl Power! And, when the going gets tough, the answer is Just Ask Marlene!

 

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Learning to use your voice to stand up for yourself is important to being happy. Many of us sometimes struggle with finding the courage to ask for what they want. Whether you are a model who needs to take a break during a shoot or just you, it’s totally understandable to feel jumpy inside when asking for a raise in your allowance or for a big favor from a friend. To make the conversation go a little smoother, try out the tips below. Whether you get what you asked for or not, going for what you want will make you feel better. Promise.

6 Ways to Ask for What You Want and Get It… Sometimes

1. See eye to eye: Making eye contact is step number one. Looking someone in the eye is a big sign that you are confident and believe in what you are saying. It’s also a chance to make a real connection with the person you hope will give you what you want!

2. Smile: Oh yeah, that again. Smiling never hurts. Don’t be fake, but a warm smile will put everyone in the discussion at ease.

3. Body language: Your body says as much as your words. Even if you are really nervous as you approach the conversation, you can fake confidence by standing straight with your shoulders back. Don’t hunch over since it’s a sign that you don’t feel worthy of your request. And don’t cross your arms, which look like you are ready for a fight.

4. No crybabies: Don’t whine for what you want. You’ll get a lot more sympathy for your cause if you simply state your wishes. And don’t complain if things don’t go your way. Instead try to understand the other person’s argument by listening. You might find a compromise, and you’ll definitely be more convincing if you decide to ask again later.

5. Practice makes perfect: If you have something really hard to ask, you might want to first write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. What do you want to say? What are you trying to achieve? Once you have a clear idea, grab a friend or parent and practice what you want to say out loud. You might stutter or stammer at first, but the more you repeat your request, the easier it will become to say it straight.

6. Never say you’re sorry: Ever heard someone say, “I’m sorry but can I ask you a question?” You don’t need to apologize. Just ask! It’s perfectly fine wherever you are—at home, at school or with your friends. So go ahead and ask away.
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Learning to use your voice to stand up for yourself is important to being happy. Many of us sometimes struggle with finding the courage to ask for what they want.   Whether you are a model who needs to take a break during a shoot or just you, it’s totally understandable to feel jumpy inside when asking for a raise in your allowance or for a big favor from a friend. To make the conversation go a little smoother, try out the tips below. Whether you get what you asked for or not, going for what you want will make you feel better. Promise. 

6 Ways to Ask for What You Want and Get It… Sometimes

1. See eye to eye: Making eye contact is step number one. Looking someone in the eye is a big sign that you are confident and believe in what you are saying. It’s also a chance to make a real connection with the person you hope will give you what you want!

2. Smile: Oh yeah, that again. Smiling never hurts. Don’t be fake, but a warm smile will put everyone in the discussion at ease.

3. Body language:  Your body says as much as your words. Even if you are really nervous as you approach the conversation, you can fake confidence by standing straight with your shoulders back. Don’t hunch over since it’s a sign that you don’t feel worthy of your request. And don’t cross your arms, which look like you are ready for a fight.

4. No crybabies: Don’t whine for what you want. You’ll get a lot more sympathy for your cause if you simply state your wishes. And don’t complain if things don’t go your way. Instead try to understand the other person’s argument by listening. You might find a compromise, and you’ll definitely be more convincing if you decide to ask again later.

5. Practice makes perfect: If you have something really hard to ask, you might want to first write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. What do you want to say? What are you trying to achieve? Once you have a clear idea, grab a friend or parent and practice what you want to say out loud. You might stutter or stammer at first, but the more you repeat your request, the easier it will become to say it straight.

6. Never say you’re sorry: Ever heard someone say, “I’m sorry but can I ask you a question?” You don’t need to apologize. Just ask! It’s perfectly fine wherever you are—at home, at school or with your friends. So go ahead and ask away.

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New Year, New Haircut?

Whether you're thinking of getting a cut to freshen up some split ends or you want to try some new awesome do, it's all about communication.

The more specific you can be able what you want, the more likely you'll get it. Bring some photos of the type of cut you want (Inspiration from Lady Gaga, maybe?). Make it easy!
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New Year, New Haircut?

Whether youre thinking of getting a cut to freshen up some split ends or you want to try some new awesome do, its all about communication. 

The more specific you can be able what you want, the more likely youll get it. Bring some photos of the type of cut you want (Inspiration from Lady Gaga, maybe?). Make it easy!
You got this. ✨💫

It's never too late for a New Year's Resolution! 💫

If you're one of the 40% of people that didn't make a resolution, no prob! It's never too late and you can start with baby steps (literally).

If you're thinking about running for example, try to be realistic. Don't plan on becoming a marathon runner in one week (that's a lot!). If running seems overwhelming, start by walking really fast and throw in a run here and there.

And if you can't do this every day, try doing it every other day on the way to school. Just make it doable for you, and you got this. 🙂
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Its never too late for a New Years Resolution! 💫

If youre one of the 40% of people that didnt make a resolution, no prob! Its never too late and you can start with baby steps (literally).

If youre thinking about running for example, try to be realistic. Dont plan on becoming a marathon runner in one week (thats a lot!). If running seems overwhelming, start by walking really fast and throw in a run here and there.

And if you cant do this every day, try doing it every other day on the way to school. Just make it doable for you, and you got this. :)