Teaching Your Child to Resist Peer Pressure

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When it comes to falling for peer pressure, there are a lot of things children can be tempted to try out to make things seem easier on them. There are many forms of peer pressure – from skipping class one time, to copying answers for homework in a rush, lying about where they are, and many more. There are also more extreme matters your child can get involved in, as well as positive ways to feel the pressure.

In this guide from a private girls school, we explore the ways your child can learn about peer pressure and how to resist it.

Show your child ways to identify peer pressure

Peer pressure is documented in children that find falling into bad habits easier than others. And in fact, a lot of children can feel curious and enter a period where they want to explore new things, making peer pressure a lot easier to fall for. Give your child ways to identify poor behaviour from their friends, and look for ways they can tell that peer pressure is about to happen.

Saying no is a complete sentence, so encourage your child to say it whenever they feel unsure about something. Some parents use the percentage rule – do you feel 100% certain that what you’re about to do is safe and acceptable? If there’s even a glimmer of doubt, ensure your child knows it’s fine to say no and not feel any repercussions about it. Teaching your child to say no is not just important for peer pressure situations, but also helps your child feel confident in what they’re about to do.

Check in on your child often

Show your child how to say “no”

Peer pressure is something that will likely be kept from you. Plan ahead and keep a close eye on your child’s behaviour and movements. Continue open conversations with your child, and let them know that you will be there for them at all times. Maintaining an open dialogue with your child can help you be prepared for anything that could arise in the future.

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