This article, entitled "Peer Pressure Gauge" comes from children's author Julia Cook.
Peer pressure is the influence that a peer group has over a person. It can occur at all ages, but as children grow older, the behaviors negatively affected by peer pressure can become more risky.
While positive encouragement is a good thing, negative peer pressure can cause many difficulties in your child's life.
- Talk to your child about friendship.
Discuss the qualities a good friend should have, what they admire about their friends and how to choose the best friends for your child.
- Discuss what peer pressure is.
- Unspoken Pressure
- Talk about the cost of saying NO.
Saying no can cause your child to lose a friend, their social position or something else that means a lot to them. Express empathy and give your child strength by validating their feelings.
- Role-play different scenarios.
This will give your child the opportunity to practice their responses to negative peer pressure and practice their resisting skills.
When resisting negative peer pressure, have your child:
- Look at the person.
- Use a calm, assertive tone of voice.
- State clearly that you do not want to engage in the inappropriate activity.
- Suggest an alternative activity.
- If the person persists, continue to say "NO."
- If the peer will not accept your "NO" answer, ask him/her to leave or remove yourself from the situation.
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