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How to Help Teens Cope With Peer Pressure

Written by 9rules Blog on September 23, 2015

Many teenagers today struggle with their emotions and relationships that affect the different aspects of their lives. Experts say this is a normal part of puberty as these youngsters experience the changes in their body and decide on the types of people they want to connect with.

Unfortunately, while teens are in the process of choosing the people to be with, they also go through the so-called peer pressure. As they enter a new chapter of their lives, some teens they meet and get acquainted with may force them to do things they’re not comfortable doing.

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Some even go to the extent of challenging their peers to do risky things. A study by Columbia University researchers, for example, showed that children are six times more likely to have had a drink if they have friends who often drink alcohol.

Parents, therefore, play a very important role in guiding their teens towards the right path. Owing to their desire to fit in, sometimes teens get into difficult and even dangerous situations. But this can be avoided if parents find the time to get to know and monitor their teenagers.

Build their Self-Esteem

Most teens have low self-confidence the reason why some shy away from being with other people. Parents who have a shy teen should make an effort to boost their self-esteem. Helping them lift their feeling of self-worth will make them resist encouragement from friends to do something unpleasant or harmful.

Teach them the Ways to Refuse

“Many youngsters are not capable of saying “no” to other teens which can get them into trouble,” according to a San Diego family attorney Michelle Paul. As a parent, you need to teach your child how to answer or refuse the offers of some friends. Building their self-confidence is the first step to helping them achieve this attitude of knowing when to say no, she pointed out.

Teach them as well to listen to their instincts and real feelings. Tell them that if they feel something is wrong, they should not do it at all even though it’s their friends who are encouraging them to do a certain act.

Keep in mind that when teens know how to make judgments, they should be able to refuse the encouragement of friends. They will be able to do this if parents allow their teens to think for themselves when in certain situations.

Educate Them How to Choose Friends

Teens go through the stage of finding the right friends they can trust and get along with. But sometimes, they end up with the wrong people.

As parents, you need to teach them the ways to pick the right friends. These should be teens who are smart and sensible who will not put other people in dangerous or risky situations.

An independent and smart mind is what parents should aim to teach their teens. This will help them gain confidence and make the right judgments when confronted with difficult situations with friends.

More importantly, teens should be made aware of their parents’ love and support at all times regardless of what they go through in their studies and personal relationships.