Six Steps to Help Eliminate Peer Pressure
Teenagers of today live in a far different world of years long ago. I mean, years ago some kids had to quit school to work to help their families, some wore one pair of shoes until they were trashed. Nowadays things are quite different. Everything seems to be focused on what gaming system they have, if they have a cell phone, and other technological gadgets. Peer pressure from friends can really cause a lot of stress and changes in behaviour in your child. Here are 6 Steps to Eliminate Peer Pressure.
6 Steps to Help Eliminate Peer Pressure
- Get to Know Your Child’s Friends- Make sure that you take the time to get to know who your child is hanging around. This will give you some indication of whether or not a friend is a good influence or not.
- Communicate- Open the lines of communication with your child. A good talk before bed will show them that you are concerned about how their day went. It will also help your child to feel comfortable enough to open up about things that they might be holding back.
- Be a Positive Role Model- Be a positive role model for your child. Offer advice freely and never use harsh words or make judgement. Use your own experiences to teach them about situations and consequences.
- Give Alternatives- Create alternatives in situations by asking, “What can we do instead”? This will help your child to think it through and work towards problem solving.
- Teach Them about True Friends- Teach them about the difference about true friends and the importance of choosing ones that will support them and never ridicule them.
- Teach Them to Be Strong Enough to Walk Away- Teach them skills that will build their character and give them the strength to walk away from a bad situation.
Do you have any tips you can share for parents to help their teens to eliminate peer pressure? Feel free to comment