Empower Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure
August 28, 2018
Finding out your child’s friends are involved in risky behaviors puts parents in a quandary.
Staying away from alcohol, drugs, vaping and sex is standard parental guidance. But teens, even in the same family, handle this part of growing up differently. The key is to keep communication lines open, know your teenager and help them learn how to navigate friendships when risky behaviors are involved.
"When parents always take the lead in handling conflict resolution in their child’s life, they also take away their ability to problem solve and figure out who they are as individuals," said Sarah Voss, LIMHP, CHI Health psychotherapist.
Have your child try STEPS to problem solve. State the issue as specifically as possible. Think of at least three solutions without judging them. Examine the solutions for pros and cons, including potential consequences. Pick one solution to try. See if it worked. If not, chose another solution.
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- Rude, Mean or Worse? Always Take the Kind Road
- Helicopter No More: Be Present without Hovering
- When Those Facebook Friends Aren’t Your Friends After All
- Teen Suicide: An Alarming Trend
- Cutting: An Explainer
- Empower Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure
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- Mood Swings, Aggression, Depression – It’s Not a Phase
- Mental Illness: 10 Warning Signs
- Set Limits for Strong Kids
- Under Your Influence: Parents Play Vital Role in Kids’ Alcohol, Drug Use
- Vaping and Juuling: A Trend on Fire
- Building Kids Up: The Parents' Role
- Why Doesn’t Anyone Like Me?
- Trophy-Free Self-Esteem: Get It with Grit
- Break Free: Releasing Anxiety's Grip