Parents must guard
against peer pressure from other adults
Middle schoolers are not the only ones who face peer pressure. As a
parent, you may find yourself battling it, too.
Usually, this parent peer pressure is no better for your child than
the kind he gets from his own peers. It involves someone else
trying to get your child to do what isn't right for him. But this
time they are trying to go through you.
As a parent, guard against:
- The parent version of "everyone else is doing it." Just because
a friend's parent says it's okay for a group of kids to have a
party and sleep over at their home on a school night doesn't mean
your child should go, too. Say, "I appreciate the invitation, but
our rule is that Ben doesn't attend sleepovers on school
- Being made to feel guilty. Stick to your values no matter what
another parent says to you.
- Parents who supply kids with alcohol. Yes, there are those who
say "They're going to do it anyway. They might as well do it safely
at home." This is nonsense! And it sends a terrible message. Do not
ever let your child attend events chaperoned by such adults.
Reprinted with permission from the January 2015
issue of Parents Still make the difference!®
(Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2015 The
Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: S.
Borowitz, When We're in Public, Pretend You Don't Know
Me, Warner Books.