Tips to Parents: Dealing with Peer Pressure

September 16, 2012 | Parenting

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When a child reaches school age, parents can’t monitor them 24/7—what they do and who they go with.  At this stage, one of the hardest battles for both child and parent is peer pressure.

When a child gets along with other kids in a playground or at school, they become susceptible to bullies, especially if they happen get caught with wrong company at school.

The bad effects of peer pressure is now a major concern not only to parents but also to the society.  There  have been cases of violence involving teenagers due to impulsive behavior and peer pressure. Sometimes, the violent actions were just for fun or to impress friends.

As parents, we can help our child to build a strong foundation in their behavior so they can have the ability to resist peer pressure and to dodge wrong behaviors.

Here are three easy steps that will help your child resist peer pressure:

Take responsibility and teach your child as early as now on what’s right and wrong.

Parents play a vital role in developing a good attitude in their child. When you constantly talk about good and negative values—that alcohol, smoking, or premarital sex are morally wrong – you’re helping your child easily discern what is right and acceptable.  Part of helping your child is to teach them to learn how to say “no “and be firm with it.

Be a role model to your child.

Your child can mirror your own actions. When they see you smoking or drinking alcohol, they might think that it is acceptable or there’s nothing wrong about it. As you can see, whatever you do has a big impact on them! What parents can do is practice good attitude themselves; they must pay particular attention to their own actions.

If you see your child doing the wrong thing, talk about it with them. Make it clear that you don’t accept such behavior and divert their attention to something positive.

Affirm the good things your child does.

One of the best ways to motivate your child to do good things and develop a positive behavior in them is by recognizing what they did right. Remember, a child responds well to positive affirmations about what they are doing since we have this innate need of being recognized.

Helping your child resist peer pressure is not that difficult. You can start by following these steps and do it in a loving way. This way you can build your child’s morals as they grow and they’ll stay out of trouble in school like most kids have these days.

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