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Peer Pressure - How Can Parents Help?

Peer Pressure - How Can Parents Help?

What would you do as a parent if your teenager is getting bullied by his peers? Learn about some effective advices you can give to the teens on peer pressure and bullying.

When bullying takes place through peer pressure, we need to take adequate measures so that our teens are able to deal with it appropriately whenever they face it. It is advisable to better acknowledge the fact that
peer pressure is a reality and not live in denial that it happens only in certain places and our teens are not liable to be a part of it. Educational experts and social scientists are of the opinion that the more we are able to make the teenager aware of the reality and aspects of peer pressure and bullying, the better equipped will they be in coping with it. Here are a few points on how you can go about it:

Build a Strong Relationship with Your Kid

Building a strong relationship with your kid is the first and primary cover of protection from the threat of peer pressure. The rapport that you build with your kid will enable him to communicate freely with you and you will be the first person that the kid will think of approaching when he or she faces a doubt or wants to answer to any query.

Adolescence is a growth stage where the teenager is going through a lot of physical and emotional changes and is thus the most vulnerable. This is why they get bullied so easily and also engage in potentially harmful behaviour as they are in a hurry and feel an urge to ‘know’ and experience things. Be a parent with whom the kid can share his confusions, thoughts and queries, a person whom the teenager can trust and confide. In this way you will have a better understanding of the teenager and also know if he is under any sort of peer pressure threat.

Build Discipline

Chart out a discipline regimen for every member of the family. The teenager should not be made to feel that he is singularly targeted or hauled up for following rules. There should be a set of regulations to be followed by everyone in the family. This will help the kid condition himself to a positive environment, and remember that there should be a right balance of discipline and recreation in your chart. The kid must not feel stifled as then he might seek refuge in certain undesirable activities proposed by his peer group.

Seek Your Kid’s Opinion

Involve the teenager in all important decision making that is for the family. This will make the kid feel involved and not neglected or left out. It is often due to the feeling of insecurity that kids become bullies or fall victim to bullying. Allow the kid to offer his choices as to the type of dress, food, recreational activity that he would prefer. If you have a better idea or feel that the said choice is not good for the teenager, put it across as a suggestion and not as an imposition. Explain clearly the reason for your choice, you will find that the teenager would more often than agree with your decision willingly.

Build Self Esteem in the Kid

This is a follow-through of the above point as, once you are helping the kid decide, he will also get a confidence boost that whatever he is doing in terms of habits, appearance and activities is just the right thing for him. He will be less prone to accept the dictates of a bullying peer group that he needs to conform to a different set of values or ideas. His inner self confidence will act as an effective shield.

Finally, you must retain your calmness and be patient at all times. If and when you get to know that the kid is getting bullied by his peers, do not lose your cool. Express your love and affection and help the kid understand that you are concerned about his well-being. If the kid has fallen into the ring of a peer group as a victim or turns a bully, do not let him feel that he is any less loved for this. Your approach will permeate into the teenager and help him overcome the influence of the peer group and he will eventually come across.

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Naveen Naik
Naveen Naik.7 years ago
Teenagers need guidance to help them deal with peer pressure and other influences to make the right choices in life.
Ganesh Arvind
Ganesh Arvind.7 years ago
indeed a well written article. Parents are now-a-days very busy that they are not being able to spend time with their kids. this has lead to the rising influence of peers on the decisions taken by the kids.
Swati Waghmare
Swati Waghmare.7 years ago
A very informative article. I appreciate the efforts taken by the writer to deal with every detail in dealing with peer pressure
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