How to Protect Your Child from Peer Influences

peer pressureStarting at a very young age, children are exposed to all sorts of messages be it on movies, TV, online among other places. Kids are also exposed to all influences on messages promoting smoking, drugs, alcohol among others. Humans like to consider themselves as individuals capable of making their independent decisions without consulting anyone. They are highly prized for their ability to stand out and chat their own paths as well as creating their own style. However, underneath all these, there is a deep desire to fit in.

Not only adults want to fit in, but even small children also have the tendency to go with the flow and do pretty much what others are doing. Teen peer pressure is much real and kids have to manage it every day.

 

Managing Teen Peer Pressure

When teens are growing up, they are constantly experimenting with the concept of individuality. They may experience a severe amount of pressure to do what others are doing. Managing their peer pressure may become equally difficult and utterly impossible. However, it becomes easy when parents come in to assist.

 

Understanding your child

As a parent, you have to understand your child and all the developments they are going through. During adolescence, their brain is developing at a remarkable rate. As their brain grows, there is a specific part of their brain that regulates their decision making. When kids are faced with a lot of pressure, they are constantly engaging their brain to make decisions. As a parent, you should help your child make these decisions.

Helping your teens

teen adviceNo matter how strong your kids may appear to be, you should not let them make some decisions on their own. Irrespective of how strong they may seem to be, it is very likely that they will encounter negative teen pressure at least once. You need to guide and teach them on ways to say no.  Some good options for saying no may include them saying; my parents will kill me if I used drugs, being around drugs makes me uncomfortable, among others.

 

Advising your teen

Teens who are in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction face a lot of risks when it comes to peer pressure. In their early stages of recovery, their body and brain may still be craving for the substance. The best you can do at such a time is to avoid subjecting them to too much additional pressure. You may look for an ally to help your child find and form a relationship with another student who equally resists pressure. You may also contact a support group who can help your kid with advice and guidance.

 

Besides seeking all possible avenues to assist your teen, as a parent, you can advocate for ways of developing healthy habits as a family. Parents can help by encouraging the family to do interesting things together such as taking hikes, signing for dance classes, playing games together and performing other experimenting tasks. Parents should also seek the guidance and advice from doctors on all medication that can help teens get out of danger faster.