Avoiding Negative Peer Pressure

peer pressure

There are many different strategies and tactics that parents can use to help their children understand what peer pressure is and how to avoid it. Confidence in children directly comes from their parents and how they are raised. Self esteem for kids can be greatly hindered by pressure that comes from peers and others around them. Children can be easily swayed in a direction they shouldn’t be if they are not aware of what types of pressure are out in the world.

A great thing to do with children is to practice different scenarios and situations. It may sound silly to some, but it has been scientifically proven to help with child development. Throw a scenario at your kid – tell them how important it is to make eye contact with a person and tell them “no.” There is nothing wrong with telling someone “no” when your child knows better. Another way to get out of a situation is to be funny or kind of laugh off a situation. If someone asks your child to smoke, tell your kid it’s okay to say “hey, chimneys are for houses!”

Growing up, it is very rare to find children hanging out by themselves. If you give your child a strong sense of right and wrong, they are more than likely to become natural leaders and probably keep their friends out of trouble as well. If your child is not easily swayed – they will say “no,” or know how to avoid a situation properly – that in turn pressures their own friends to follow suit.

Confidence in kids directly links to how they feel about themselves as a person. Being a great parent, appreciating your children as well as listening to them will in turn better prepare them for this brutal world. Simply praising your child and giving constructive criticism will keep them on the right path in life. Building a secure and comfortable place for them where they know they are understood helps in every aspect of their lives.

Teach your child about the importance of picking and choosing their battles. You cannot win every fight, but win the ones that are most important. This includes not doing something to fit in with others or to “be cool.” When children start to make irrational decisions or start trying to fit in, it is time to take a look at what’s lacking in the family situation. A child will always feel they are good enough if they have strong family values. This is just something to keep in mind!