8 Tips to Help Your Teen Cope with Peer Pressure ...

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Every parent will at some point want to help teenagers deal with peer pressure.

A lot of teens can be led into difficult situations through their desire to fit in, or because they don't know how to avoid the pressure.

The teen years are a time when people often feel a very strong desire to conform.

Here are some ways to help teenagers deal with peer pressure …

1. Boost Their Confidence

One way to help teenagers deal with peer pressure is to help increase their confidence.

Peer pressure can often revolve around the desire to conform and fit in with the group.

The more confident a teen is, the more capable they will be of resisting encouragement to do something daft.

2. Ways to Refuse

You can also teach your kids some answers they could use when their peers try to persuade them to do something they don't want to do (or shouldn't).

For example, they can answer "Drugs are for losers," or "Nah, smoking makes you look old and wrinkly."

3. Avoid Situations

It's also a good idea for your teen to avoid situations where they know that they will be put under pressure.

For example, if a guy is trying to persuade them to have sex before they are ready (or before it's legal), they can make sure that they are never alone with him.

That way the problem will not arise.

4. If It Feels Wrong …

Teach your kids to listen to their instincts and true feelings.2

If something doesn't feel right to them, that is a very firm indication that they shouldn't do it.

Kids have to learn to make judgments and apply common sense.

So when something feels wrong, they should refuse - even if their friends are trying to encourage them.

5. Smart V Stupid

Encourage your teens to think for themselves about a situation.

What is the smart thing to do?

Would copying what their friends are doing be stupid and get them into trouble?

They should judge whether something is right or wrong, smart or dumb.

Then if peers want them to do something that doesn't seem right, your teen can refuse to join in.

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