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 in 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.
6 tips for handling peer pressure
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 confide and emotionally invest in this connection with you.
Educate your child on what peer pressure looks like in both positive and negative types to ensure they understand appropriate social behaviors. Let them know peer pressure happens throughout life and that it is normal to desire to fit in.
A balance of feedback should be evident, so your child can see that you are acknowledging when they demonstrate a positive and appropriate response to peer pressure as well as areas for improvement.
Plan regular and ongoing family activities. Remember, the family is the immediate and most frequent