Wikipedia's interpretation of peer pressure is:
"Peer pressure is a term describing the pressure exerted by a peer group in encouraging a person to change their attitude, behavior and/or morals, to conform to, for example, the group's actions, fashion sense, taste in music and television, or outlook on life".
Our kids really do have a tough time when they're teenagers. In a lot of cases they're not being allowed to express their individuality because of the fear of being ridiculed by their peers.
I left school over 40 years ago and nothings changed. There's always been pressure to conform to the group, and if you don't, then you're left to feel like an island in the middle of the ocean. What can we as parents do about it?
You can go to the school and talk to teachers about it, but realistically they haven't got the time to sort it out and most likely they wouldn't be able to anyway. This is something that the kids unfortunately, have to do for themselves.
The best way I know is to build up your child's self esteem so that they won't even bother with the peer group. Being confident within themselves is the greatest barrier to hurt and intimidation by others. When my children were teenagers, they were all introduced to the world of “self development" with Bob Proctor, motivator and coach, which I believe has moulded them into the intelligent, confident adults they are today.
I believe that Personal Development should be a subject on the school's curriculum, starting from the first year of school. Just think what that would do for our kid's futures!
To learn more about Bob's programs and how he can help you and your teens live a more fulfilling life, click on the link in my bio.
Susan Denny has been happily married for 38 years, has 4 adult children (all married) and 6 grandchildren. She has many years experience with families and relationships and has been involved in the Self Development industry for nearly 20 years, starting with one-on- one training with Bob Proctor in 1990. She has since attended many seminars hosted by world renowned Gurus in the Self Development and Internet Marketing areas.
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