Preparing Your Child for Peer Pressure | Part 3

Preparing Your Child for Peer Pressure | Part 3

Sep 23

What Part Does A Parent Play in Peer Pressure

First we need to ask ourselves two questions.  Do we feel that peer pressure can have a negative impact on our children? Do we feel that peer pressure can have a negative impact on adult?  From what we have already discussed the answer should be a resounding yes! If children are not taught how to deal with peer pressure they not only can make decisions as teens that can affect the rest of their lives but they can make decisions as adults that can have just as severe of consequences.

Thankfully most teens when polled will still state that their parents are their number one influence.  It is our job to keep it that way.  Family cannot become little more then a “layover” before the next activity.  As we have discussed countless times management of our schedules is imperative so that family relationships can be maintained and deepened. Family must be the soil of relationship that the child is safe to grow in.  It must be a place of unconditional love, non-performance oriented love.

Without these family relationships, or if we become so busy that we neglect these relationships, children will look for a place to find acceptance.  That can be peers, social media, online gaming, or boy/girl friends.  Ask yourself who you want to be your child’s number one influence?

 

Listen to today’s podcast for more insight on the topic of peer pressure.

 

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