With parent’s support is vital for a teenager to
deal with peer pressure. Here are some parenting tips for helping teenagers
combat peer pressure.
Adolescence or teenage is an impressionable phase in
an individual’s life. Peer
pressure gets enhanced due to tender age and the inability
to resist. The child ends up feeling confused as he or she suffers identity crises
and becomes unsure what she or he really wants from life. It is an unfortunate
situation when this phase gets prolonged as it renders a deep impact on the
future professional and personal life as well. It is therefore important to
combat peer pressure at the earliest so that the self
confidence of the kid does not get eroded and he does not
risk his physical and mental well-being due to it.
for Helping Child to Combat Peer Pressure
Here are a few ways through which one can go ahead
with this combat exercise.
His or Her Confidence
This is an oft repeated tip, but nonetheless the
most effective. It has been the best possible method to counter peer pressure
in a successful manner. If you note around you will find that there are a
section of people who set norms and other follow them willingly. The
self-confidence of the said person is at play here; he knows what he is doing
and imposes rules likewise. They are self assured and confident.
This combination is a magnet that pulls people towards them and they are
considered as natural leaders. So once a kid is helped to understand how
important it is to be confident, the urge to ‘fit in’ will gradually subside.
The Kid Make Informed Choices
Explain to the kid that there are a lot of choices
that he has to make in his life; and a choice is an action that is followed by
certain consequences. Be casual but logical in your approach. You need to be
starkly factual when you make the kid aware on both positives and negatives of
the available choices. Once the situation is clear in the mind of the kid he
will be equipped to make decisions that will benefit him. He will know where
the benefit lies and whether it is desirable or not.
This way he can readily combat negative peer
pressure and you can also encourage the child to make his own decisions. Tell
him that he has the complete right to do what is good for him and should not
allow anyone else to dictate on the influence his choices. This also includes
choosing friends with care. Teach your child that one’s peer group should
ideally comprise of people who share similar values and ideals and have common
goals in life. Combating peer pressure would be incredibly smooth this way.
Him Develop Mental Toughness
not happen overnight. It is an exercise that needs to be practiced from an
early age. As a parent it is important to condition the child in such a way
that he learns failure is not the end of life. He should be easy with both success and failure, but at the same time be aware
that it is important to carve a niche for oneself and performance counts in the
temptations galore but it requires strength of character to decline anything
that he knows is not right. Instead of being boringly preachy, it works better
if you place the matter in a way that anything is bad that is not desirable and
harmful. This way they will be better able to resist peer pressure.