Helping Your Children When They Are Under Pressure
Parents have been pressuring me to give them some tips to help their children and teens deal with peer pressure. Well let me see if I can decompress some of their concerns and provide some information on this topic.
Peer pressure can have both positive and negative effects on your child. If a peer of your child’s teaches your child how to play a sport better or learn something in school, then that is a positive benefit of having peers.
Sometimes however, peers can have a negative influence and despite this, children will go along with that influence to be liked, to fit in or to prevent being made fun of.
So what can you do if your child is being pressured to engage in activities that could be harmful or that make them feel uncomfortable?
Hopefully you’ll pay attention to these tips so your child or teen is not feeling pressured when it comes to dealing with peer pressure.
Lewis First, M.D., is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at http://www.FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids