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Once the school stage begins, the children begin to interact with their peers and the first friendship relationships are established. Sometimes it is surprising that even in early childhood education, there are already more withdrawn children, and children who almost spontaneously direct the rest of their classmates.
How can we help children cope with the pressure this puts on them? We give you 7 tips to help kids cope with peer pressure.
In adolescence, peer pressure can become very influential and range from feeling obliged to wear a certain style of clothing, to drug or alcohol use. That is why one of the things that most worries parents is how to make your children strong in the face of peer pressure and that from a young age they are not that person that everyone laughs at, or that they become, by trying to fit in with their friends, into someone manageable.
The solution, above all, lies in prevention: What can we do to prevent this from happening? Write down these tips:
1. Strengthen your self-esteem.Offer a positive image of our son, always reinforcing everything that is authentic and innate about him. Their tastes, their passions, must be channeled and given space. Try not to detract from what they tell us or propose. Sometimes we think they are minor children's things, but our response always determines their future behavior.
2. Talk about emotions at home. When they are younger, we have to put words to what we think happens to them. First they have to see that we adults do it, and then we have to help them to be aware that what happens to them has a name: anger, illusion, sadness, shame ... Naming what happens reassures, and will help them in a future to know how to read how they feel and to react on it.
3. Be an example. It seems that no, but in our culture, it is very present to talk about others and judge behaviors. If they observe this behavior in adults, they can see it as normal, trying to fit in with the ideas (first that their parents defend and then that their group raises), to be accepted. They will begin not to feel free to decide and will try to fit in so as not to be criticized.
4. Teach that we are all different and unique. In the relationship with our children, it is important to make them feel special and that they can understand that their ideas are valuable because they have come from themselves. If we are able to convey this, it will be enough to feel worthy of the respect of others.
You can also help them by acting: My child is being pressured, what can I do?
5. Generate spaces of trust where you can talk about what is happening. Do not force a child to speak when he is unwilling or not ready for it. But you do have to foster moments, share spaces. They have to know that we are there, accompanying them and when they feel ready, they will speak.
6. Make them think about how they will feel doing something they are not ready for. The feeling of not respecting oneself, or doing something under pressure, will make them feel bad, lower their self-esteem and they will feel weaker emotionally.
7. Share with our children our own difficulties and what we do to solve them. Sometimes we parents give an image of perfection that distances us from our children. When they see their struggling and vulnerable parents, don't feel so embarrassed about not being able to manage what happens to them.
But don't forget the most important: Accept and love your child as he isThis will give you enough confidence not to feel like you have to change to be accepted by the group.
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