LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - Every child will be impacted by peer pressure -- negative as well as positive.
So how do you reinforce positive peer pressure and help your kids say "no" to the negative pressure? FOX 11 Parenting Contributor Donna Tetreault has some tips for parents and kids.
When it comes to helping your kids recognize positive peer pressure, family values and parent modeling are extremely important.
Teach Your Kids How to Incorporate Positive Peer Pressure
Teach your kids what you value and what the family unit values
The power of NO
-Kids need to learn to say "no." Many adults struggle with this. If you give your child the ability to say no when they need to, this will show them that they can make their own decisions.
-Kids should have some kind of signal that will alert a parent that they need help.
Affirm good choices
-When you see your child engaging in positive peer pressure, point it out and let them know you are proud of them. Also, tell them they should be proud of themselves.
-Know all of your child's friends.
Start talking early on
-It's never too early to talk to your kids about peer pressure. Go through different scenarios that are age appropriate.