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Thursday 22 June 2023

Teaching Your Child to Resist Peer Pressure

Peer pressure can be from urging a child to try out a new hobby or sport, or trying a new food, but it can also spell negative behaviours. It’s important to therefore show to your child how they can identify which elements of peer pressure are harmless and which can be classed as troublesome.

All schools will have guidance in place to help their students overcome peer pressure. Private schools such as this private school in London will have extra precautions to ensure the safety of every child through pastoral care and parent support. Here are some pointers you can use to help your child through the risks of peer pressure.

Identify areas of weakness for your child

Where peer pressure works the best will be through what your child learns about and struggles with in school. This is often where children try to find the easy way out, and turn to other options to help them through their struggles.

If you are able to identify them, it makes things a lot easier for when you look to stomp out bad behaviours. It’s an opportunity for you to work with your child on what they need help with and how they can improve.

Show your child the consequences

In a lot of scenarios children won’t know what the issues are until they happen in front of them. Sometimes, letting them figure out what they have done will give them a wake up call on what they should and shouldn’t do. Peer pressure in particular areas can mean they are excluded from certain activities, grounded, or even put on a review through their school.

Become aware of who your child hangs out with

If you know where your child goes, who they are close friends with, and what they like to do in their spare time, it can pinpoint where your child is most at risk. If your child’s friends are approachable and happy to engage in conversation then there shouldn’t be as many worries. However, if you spot poorer behaviour from your child it could be from who motivates them the most.

Peer pressure is something almost all children will have to experience as they grow up, but it’s something that can be controlled and managed. From the help they receive at school to your own personal support - you can show your child how best to handle these urges.

K Elizabeth xoxox 

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