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Helping Child Deal with Peer Pressure

Helping Child Deal with Peer Pressure

Peer pressure can influence child’s attitude to greater extent. However, parents can play a crucial role in helping children to deal with peer pressure. When children learn to overcome peer pressure effectively it helps in their wholesome development. Read on to know more about peer pressure and how to help children deal with it.
Peer pressure is something that a child has no other option but to grow up with. From the term itself it is quite evident that the child is in a way compelled to do something that he does not voluntarily like or enjoy doing it. Therefore, it naturally leaves an unfavorable impact on the psyche of the child as he is adapting to something that is not quite his personal choice. Parents practically cannot protect their children from experiencing this peer pressure but there are lots of ways whereby they can effectively minimize their harmful and often disastrous effects.

A statistics on peer pressure have revealed that over 80% of the adolescent age group has teased somebody just because others were teasing them. 82% got involved in activities that were harmful for their health just because his or her friends have pressurised them. 74% of them stealthily got involved in illegal activities in spite of being aware of the fact. Over 96% even make idols and hero worship someone just because their friends would make fun if they do not do it.

Bad companionship is an overt form of peer pressure. A single or a handful of bad companions can exert a tremendous amount of negative influence on the formative years of the child. They somehow love the thrill of getting into trouble and their companions give them this high. They also do it as they lack self-confidence and self-esteem.

How Parents can Help the Children to Cope with Peer Pressure

Parents play a vital role in the wholesome development of children and helping children to cope with peer pressure. Here is how parents can help children to deal with peer pressure.

Developing a Close Relationship with the Child

If you build an open, honest and close relationship with your child, it will enable him to share his problems with you readily. It has been observed that children who are emotionally free with their expressions with their parents are more in a state to identify and work to please their parents.

Helping your Child to Understand what Peer Pressure is

Give him suggestions on how bad companions can harm his life and what are the disadvantages of having them. Help them to realize that peer pressure must be experienced by all, even adults, and one needs to deal with it. Tell the child that it is normal and essential to fit into the ‘group’ and this where peer pressure actually begins to grow. As you explain, they will gradually realise that there is a radical limit to how far they can go with their peers.

Planning Fun and Regular Family Activities

Your family activities should be regular and frequent. It should be fun like hiking, sports or picnic. Encourage your child to participate and also ensure that the children spend quality time with other children as well. Help them build friendship with children who have positive qualities. Let it develop gradually and do nothing that seems that you are imposing something. Group activities like scouting and church groups are great options.

Getting Acquainted with your Child’s Friends

Make an effort to know your child’s circle of friends better. This will help to judge for yourself whether the child is having a positive or a negative influence. At the same time it is important that you do not criticize the children who you feel that are not all that positive for your child. This can have adverse impacts as the innate rebellious nature might get flared up. If you find your child misbehaving, you can point it out by saying something like “I have noticed every time Robin comes over, you break of the house rules.” This will act as a gentle reminder on what the expected behavior is.

Finally as you teach your child discipline and teach and praise assertiveness, you will find that your child is growing more confident and is able to handle peer pressure with ease. You can also restrict privileges and take help of health professional if need be.

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Varsha Tyagi
Varsha Tyagi.7 years ago
I completely agree that parents play a vital role in the wholesome development of children. They must be involve in every activity of their children. Planning to share the articles with other parents @ Orchids International - my child's school.
amartya Shiv
amartya Shiv.8 years ago
Peer pressure is very common in middle income group and high societies. this is because of the desire to fit into a group and growing distance between parents and children. Parental love and support can help in dealing with peer pressure.
Raj Zutsi
Raj Zutsi.8 years ago
Teenagers are at an age where they are highly impressionable and, vulnerable to the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Peer pressure among teenagers can play a powerful role in either supporting or preventing substance parents should come forward to help them.
Praveen Premkumar
Praveen Premkumar.9 years ago
Learnmile is doing a workshop for Parents of children going to CBSE schools (Grades: 4,5,6,7,8,9),
Focused on helping the parents do more for their child, especially from an assessment (CCE), time management,
stress management perspective. This workshop would be chaired by Education/parenting expert/s who would
strive to help parents discuss, bring out their top queries and suggest solutions within constraints.
This is only "by invite", & "no fees" workshop for parents at Gurgaon. There are only limited seats for the workshop (12),
out of which, there are 7 left as of now. Registration would be done on "first come first get" basis.

Date: 10th July, 2012 - 11am

To book your seat, call 0124 6455175
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