How Can I Help My Child Cope with Peer Pressure?

Peer pressure, particularly negative social engagement, for kids these days is intense. You have the powerful influence of social media, music, social standards, and lack of respect for the word “no”. Although peer pressure can be both a negative and positive experience, parents must be observant and tuned in at all times of the social life of their children.

Kids are destined to give in to peer pressure at some point in their life. It is very important that parents invite and maintain an “open door” practice that fosters ongoing communication and non-judgmental conversation regarding their peer networks. Having this type of relationship with a young child and teenager empowers them to confide in you and trust the advice and support you will give them.

Consistency is a key factor in how successful this relationship will be sustained.

Here are some essential factors parents should consider when helping their child respond to peer pressure:

Develop a close, open, and authentic relationship with your child so they will want to