Teaching Your Child to Fight Peer Pressure

Teaching Your Child to Fight Peer Pressure

Despite being an essential part of your child's mental development, peers also hold an opportunity to influence your child through peer pressure adversely.

Hence, it is vital that you teach your child how to fight peer pressure if you want them to stick to their established, great manners and develop excellent mental well-being.

You can try child therapy if you want your child to get expert advice on how to fight it. 

Fighting peer pressure can similarly be done with a prevention tactic.

This tactic is setting boundaries from the moment they enter a new setting.

For instance, if your child goes to a new school, they should set boundaries for themself concerning what they will do and how people should interact with them.

Also, they can stave off peer pressure by answering in the negative when asked to engage in risky behaviors.

If they keep getting pressured, they can give reasonable excuses that show some things are not under their control, allowing them to get out.

Furthermore, teach your child to be attentive to their feelings.

Sometimes, they may agree to certain activities without fully considering their nature and consequences.

However, their intuition may tell them it is wrong, and being attentive to their feelings will help them realize this.

Explore the ways to teach your child to fight peer pressure:

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Set Boundaries 

Setting boundaries is a brilliant way of showing likes and dislikes.

By teaching your child how to set boundaries, they will be able to fight peer pressure even before it starts since their peers will already know their stance on many matters.

When teaching them, it is essential that you point out that they should make their boundaries.

There should be limits on their involvement in various activities, which should be clear for their peers to understand.

To aid their boundaries' efficacy, they must follow through with their principles and claims.

If they ever slip, their peers are watching and will see the slip as a chink in their armor.

In no time, they will present your child with sweet-coated peer pressure.

You can practice this skill at home by having them set boundaries.

Once they clearly set the boundaries, try to push through and watch how they will reject you.

Help them find logical flaws in their rejection and improve their boundaries.

Say "No" or Give Excuses 

The ability to say "No" is revered in society since many people find it hard to say.

They would rather reply in the affirmative even if it is inconvenient because they don't want to go against the norm.

Hence, to have your kid learn how to fight peer pressure, you need to teach them to be comfortable with going against the norm and rejecting some opinions.

Teach them that sometimes, they may need to repeat their rejection.

This is not because the peer influencers did not hear, but because they will keep asking in hopes that your child gets tired and agrees.

Also, show them how to communicate their rejection through body language.

Since we are highly developed beings who do not require only verbal communication, we can use our bodies to communicate.

Teach them how to include their body in the rejection communication so that the peer influencers will understand they are serious.

Sometimes, if "No" does not work, tell them they can give excuses instead.

Using excuses can be a great way to stave off peers since your child will use circumstances beyond their control as excuses.

Be Attentive to Your Feelings 

Listening to intuition is a vital skill for any human, as intuition is the accumulation of years of experience subconsciously existing to guide a person.

You can help your child fight peer pressure by teaching them how to be attentive to their feelings and listen to them.

They need to trust these feelings if you want them to listen to them regularly.

If they somehow agree to an activity based on peer pressure without realizing it, they may be subconsciously disturbed.

They will know they should leave by listening to the subconscious feelings they already trust.

You can teach them to be attentive to their feelings by practicing at home.

Teach them to sit still, stay silent, and meditate on their feelings.

Doing this will build a stronger rapport with their emotions, allowing them to be in tune with them when necessary.

When they notice they are subconsciously disturbed, they should try to pay extra attention to their surroundings.

With this extra attention to detail, it may shock them into realizing that things are not as rosy as they thought and that they should leave there.

Make Like-Minded Friends 

Peer pressure is inevitable since humans will always want others to be like them so they can conform to similar norms.

Therefore, one of the best ways your child can fight peer pressure is to get like-minded friends since they will not bother trying to change them.

If your child is not social, you can teach them how to be social and make friends.

Friends rarely come knocking at the door.

Usually, people have to meet their forever friends at events or in a building.

When they make friends, they must also consider the person's behavior thoroughly.

If the friend has some bad behavioral traits, they may one day try to influence your child.

So, your child should exit the relationship.

Once your child makes like-minded friends, they will need to learn how to make friendships stable and significant.

You don't have to explicitly teach them what to do since genuine friendships flow easily, but you can surely nudge them to great paths.

Get Professional Advice 

If you have tried these methods, but your child is still getting the same number of attempts to influence them, you should consider speaking to professionals to find ways your child can fight peer pressure.

A teacher is the closest professional to your child and the peer system, making them qualified enough to advise your child.

Since they have seen multiple methods over the years, they will indeed have effective methods to share.

Similarly, you can try the school counselor.

As a psychology professional with experience with kids, they will have ideas for circumventing other kids' peer pressure.

They may even make it large scale in school, allowing the mass prohibition of peer pressure for risky behaviors in school.

Furthermore, you can try a therapist.

With their professional certification in counseling, a therapist can help your child devise ways to solve peer pressure issues while assisting them in solving any personal issues they may have.

Conclusion

By teaching your child how to fight peer pressure, you will be reducing the factors that may affect the fantastic development of your child's mental well-being.

Your child can handle peer pressure by setting boundaries, saying "No" or giving excuses, being attentive to their feelings, making like-minded friends, and getting professional advice in child therapy.

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