3. Walk Away
When the peer pressure is too much to handle or you don’t trust yourself to keep saying no, walk away and remove yourself from the situation. When you walk away from peer pressure you immediately eliminate the ability of others to affect you—and you just might be walking towards more positive friends and opportunities.
4. Say No
It’s hard to say no to your friends. The pressure to fit in is what makes peer influence so effective. That being said, saying NO can still be an effective way to shut down an uncomfortable request. If you choose to Say No as your strategy, say NO with conviction. Leave no doubt in the other person’s mind that you mean it and will not be convinced otherwise. Saying no is about making it abundantly clear that you flatly refuse to participate. That's it. End of discussion.
5. Make an Excuse
Maybe you have basketball practice. Perhaps you have to watch your little sister after school, or maybe your mom told you to be home by six and she’ll ground you for life if you aren’t. All of these excuses are perfectly good reasons for not smoking, drinking, or doing drugs. Ask your parent or guardian if you can use him or her to help you get out of an unsafe situation in the future. My mom will kill me if I’m not home is universal excuse that any kid can understand.
Don't Waste Another Minute
Every child will have to deal with peer pressure at some point in his life. Don't wait until it's too late. Share these five strategies with your child so that he or she is armed with the skills he needs to make positive choices.
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