Peer Pressure

PRESSURE FROM PEERS IS NOTHING TO FEAR WHEN YOU HAVE A CONFIDENT KID

Peer pressure is an unavoidable part of growing up and it affects children in different ways. Factors such as self-confidence, friends, parents, intelligence and popularity all have an impact.

Peer Pressure
WHAT IS PEER PRESSURE?

Peer pressure is the influence a group of peers has on its members to fit into a particular way of thinking or behaving.

As children get older the peer group becomes increasingly influential. Bedwetting can be associated with feelings of guilt and shame, and a loss of self-esteem. If your child talks about feeling different from others or has low self-esteem, they may be more sensitive to negative pressure from peers.

HOW TO DEAL WITH PEER PRESSURE

Coping with peer pressure is about a balance between adopting the behaviours or attitudes of the group and remaining true to yourself.

  • Build your childs self-esteem. Children who are self-assured are less likely to be influenced by peers.
  • Foster open communication and trust. Be confident that your child will make the right decisions or will feel that they can come to you for help.
  • Encourage your child to have diverse circles of friends. A wider friendship circle provides your child with friends to turn to when other friendships become a ‘bit tricky’.
DR CATHRINE

If you have any particular questions, please ask Dr Cathrine using the blue “Ask Dr Cathrine” button at the top of the website and she will personally answer any concerns you have. Remember that when you’re on the website, whether mobile or desktop, the Ask Dr Cathrine button at the top is always seen.