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Your Kids And Peer Pressure And How To Help Your Teenagers Deal With It


Author Quentin Crisp said, “The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.”

How true. 

As a parent, your biggest enemy by far is negative peer pressure.  Notice the word “negative.”  There is such a thing as positive peer pressure – when good friends talk your child out of doing something stupid.  But negative peer pressure can destroy everything you’ve worked so hard for.  

So talk to your kids at the meal table, in the car, wherever but make sure you talk to them about peer pressure. Statements like: “If Jonny jumped off a bridge would you.”

Teach them:

Functional behaviour is: I Feel-I Think-I Act.
Dysfunctional behaviour is: I Feel- I Act.

Share that, “You are judged in life by the company you keep.
So make sure your mates build you up not drag you down.”

5 rules of Peer pressure:

1.    Meet your kid’s friends
2.    Meet their parents.    
3.    Know when to allow a sleep-over.
4.    Teach your child the great virtues.
5.    Debrief your child on their day so they see their day through your mature eyes.