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PEER PRESSURE

Common Signs

All teenagers rebel to some degree, however, some become obsessed with "fitting in" with their friends (thinking, dressing, behaving as they do) in spite of the consequences. These children also exhibit a disrespect for authority, rebel against family/moral codes and values and/or withdraw from the family unit.

How To Avoid Problems

Assure your child/teenager of your unconditional love. Do not try to force your personal opinions and philosophies. Listen to his/her opinions without passing judgement. Give your child the room to make his/her own mistakes, but be prepared to support your child when needed.

What To Do If You Have Problems

If peer pressure leads to serious behavioral problems, your child may be turning to his/her peers for emotional support (acceptance, affection) that he is not receiving at home. Professional counseling can help you and your child.