Peer pressure can influence your child’s life in more ways than you may realize.
Pressure to conform can have a positive effect if your child’s peers encourage healthy behavior.
Parents are usually concerned about the outside influences on their child.
However, it’s negative peer pressure that concerns parents. The type which leads your child to make bad judgment calls, or to participate in risky activities.
No matter what, you need to help your children make their decisions and not just follow the crowd for the sake of following the crowd. Your child needs to learn to do what’s right – right for them and their healthy growth, maturity, and safety.
The social and emotional development of kids is as important as their intellectual development. Many experts say a child’s social and emotional development determines the degree of intellectual development a child develops.
Often parents forgot about this while relying on the school to do their best.
In the adult world, no-one is ever happy all the time. Aiming to be continually happy is totally unrealistic and children need to understand this.
What children must learn is how to handle the emotions they feel every day. They must understand how feelings work. Your child’s brain developing brain needs to develop emotional intelligence.