Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry


Peer Pressure and Teen Mental Health | Tips for Parents

As we all know, adolescence is the age of change. It is the time when kids can develop habits that can affect their adult lives.

Adolescence, therefore, is not an easy time for both kids and parents.

Being a parent of a teenager can really be challenging. Teenagers undergo major changes that can either make or break them. Their hormonal levels change which affects their bodies, emotional well-being and behavior.

That’s why they need all the help and support they can get especially from their parents who they look up to the most.

One of the many challenges of every teenager is peer pressure. Peer pressure is the social influence of peers on a person’s overall beliefs and behaviors. While it’s not always a bad thing, parents must and look after and guide their kids along the way to avoid issues that can cause them to fail miserably later in life.

In this blog, we highlighted useful tips for parents in helping their teenagers in coping up with peer pressure.

Teach them how to say “No.”

Oftentimes, most people, kids or adults, don’t get to learn how to say no.

This inability to refuse peers can lead to many regretful decisions. As parents, you need to teach your kids how to weigh circumstances and decide when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’ as early as possible.

Encourage positive perspective and maintain open communication with your kids.

Give them a talk on the importance of building and cherishing healthy friendships. Peer pressure can be a positive thing if they pick friends who can lift them up and not the other way around.

Listen to what they feel so you’ll get an idea of their perspective and their current social state. Most children get shy sharing things with their parents because they are not given enough space or confidence. Make them feel otherwise.

Peer pressure will always be there. With the help of parents, it can be possible to help teenagers develop positive behaviors and resist negative peer pressure that harm their overall well-being.



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