Help Your Child Make Healthy Decisions Based on Self-Choice
At some point in the middle or high school years, most every child is going to wrestle with peer pressure and confront those three dreaded little words: “Everyone’s doing it.”
The “it” may be most anything, from wearing makeup or getting a smartphone to cheating, trying pot or having sex.
But whether or not your child succumbs to negative pressure—because, indeed, not all peer pressure is bad—from friends and acquaintances depends upon a host of variables. While parents can’t control all those factors and probably won’t be around in the heat of the moment, they can give their children skills in how to navigate this rocky stretch of childhood.
Parenting experts agree that listening to children, not talking at them, is key, as is teaching them how to problem solve so that they can handle challenging scenario on their own.