Parents can readily help kids cope with peer pressure. They can equip their children with the needed values to influence their lives in a positive way and teach them to make the right decisions. You can also try some of these methods:
a. Communicate with your kids. See to it that you establish good communication with your children. The earlier you start talking to them, the more time they can develop an open-communication relationship with you.
Talk to them about all the issues of peer pressure and the risky behaviors they may develop if they fall into it. Previous studies show that kids who learn about drug abuse and other vices through their parents are 50% less likely to be involved in them.
b. Listen to your children. Encourage your kids to express their opinions and thoughts on delicate issues such as sex, drug abuse, or smoking. This way, you may be able to know what is inside your child’s mind. Never shut them down as you will only be forcing them to create other situations, which are mostly to their disadvantage, just to make you listen to them.
c. Don’t be always punitive. There are times that your child may succumb to peer pressure no matter how much you try to prepare them. Sometimes, the best way to deal with it is not through harsh punishments. As a parent, think of anything that might have led your child to the situation and then address what needs to be addressed.
d. Practice helps. You can create scenarios of peer pressure at home and then have an interactive discussion with your kids. When your child is in the outside world, you can never predict what form of peer pressure he may encounter. It would be good if you introduce some common situations to your child and teach them how to handle it.