Dealing with Teenage peer pressure
Growing up, the subject of peer pressure was such a repeated concept on the lips of every parent and teacher I knew, it was a song always being sung by everyone who had a say in a child’s life. We acted plays, had symposiums and even wrote essays about it, but as a growing child I never fully grasped the weight of this matter, but these days I think I understand it better and much more I now see the need for its emphasis.
Today, peer pressure is evident yet veiled in the most trivial things, for instance,
Remember that time you posted a picture on the gram not really because you wanted to but because someone who you know just posted a super sleek picture? That my dear friend has peer pressure written all over it.
You see the very cliche “do it for the gram” is peer pressure in all its glory and splendor.
While no one can exist in isolation, we must co – exist to exist and function, individuals must be raised to have a mind of their own, hence every parent is saddled with the responsibility of raising their children to be Independent of others in both thought and action, especially in this era where your wards can converse with any one in any continent via the internet, we all have a role to play in ensuring that our children actually have a mind of their own as they grow, while they can admire things done by others they do not necessarily have to imbibe those actions as theirs.
So the next time you see someone do something, don’t do it just because someone did it, do it because you are convinced it is the right thing to do, and teach your children the same.
Peer pressure is real and subtle so stay “woke”.