As your child gets older, s/he may spend more time with friends and less with you. Here are some tips for helping your teen deal with peer pressure and make good choices.
Your teen faces many choices each day. Some choices are easy, and some are difficult. Your child’s friends—his or her peer group—can influence these choices. This influence is called peer pressure.
Some peer pressure is good. For example, your teen’s friends may influence him or her to work hard at school or excel at sports. But some peer pressure can be damaging to your child, especially if s/he is pressured to make choices that hurt his or her health or risk his or her safety.
Teens react to peer pressure for many different reasons. They may want to be liked or feel a need to fit in with their peer groups. They may worry that they will be made fun of if they don’t act a certain way or go along with a group because everyone else is behaving a certain way.
You can’t always control who or what is influencing your teen, but you can take action to help your teen prepare for situations where s/he will experience peer pressure, and help him or her find healthy ways to manage it. Click on the images to learn more.
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