Tips for Parents...
Peer Pressure (cont): 90% admitted to feeling it!
90 percent of teenagers surveyed by Parent Further said that they had been influenced by peer pressure. Among those surveyed, 28 percent agreed that giving in to peer pressure improved their social standing and nearly half of those surveyed admitted to picking on someone only after a friend picked on that person. Typical comments from these teens were things like… “My friends smoke/get high/etc., and I thought it was cool.”
Tip... When the pressure hits and teens are receiving multiple messages (i.e., 27 texts to do “it” now – you can fill in the ‘it’), having a solid foundation for decision-making beforehand will help guide your child into making an informed decision as the pressure escalates. Think if your child could just pause, stop and think and ask a few simple questions.
Here are some transformational devotions from author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar:
· Is it morally and ethically right? It is always the right time to do the right thing. Kids need a compass to go by. The Word of God is an absolute moral and ethical compass that is unchanging.
· Will it get you closer or farther away from your goals and the person you want to become? Have a discussion with your child about the person they want to become. This can help them determine if what they are looking to do contributes to who they want to become.
It is written... “See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.” I Thessalonians 5:15
Positive Peer Pressure - Get connected to like-minded friends! For teens to go against peer pressure, it could make them feel lonely and isolated at times. That is why it is key to encourage your child to find like-minded friends. Like-minded friends are vital when giving and receiving positive peer pressure. Ask your child to consider what God says about friends in Proverbs 13:2, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Also, remember that God will always go with you.
As it is written in Josh 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Just Say No! In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. Rom 12:6
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