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Peer Pressure – Turning Nuggets of Coal to Diamonds

In this, our first episode of "Homeschool Freedom Fridays", Pat talks about how to deal with peer pressure head on - and teach our kids to do the same!

Hi there! Welcome to our very first episode of Homeschool Freedom Fridays! Today I’m talking about how to deal with peer pressure head on – and teach our kids to do the same! Watch this short video, and then scroll below for the resources and information that I refer to inside…

Thanks for joining me 🙂

So…a little rough, but thanks for sticking with me!

Homeschool Freedom Friday Takeaways

  • Peer pressure is an inevitable fact of life. Rather than teaching them to turn and run, let’s teach them how to deal with it!
  • Confronting peer pressure “head on” will strengthen their faith and their ability to stand strong: characteristics of good leaders.
  • People with a healthy self-esteem can withstand peer pressure. Yes, that can be tough for young people, who may be searching to discover “who they are” and where they fit in in life. But if we set the stage for a positive self-image with a solid foundation in Scripture, they’ll be ahead of the game. Some recommended Scriptures to start with include: 

Psalm 139:13-14For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

The point? Your child is wonderfully made!

James 1:5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

The point? When I don’t know how to act or respond, God will help me make a wise choice.

Psalm 119:11I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

The point? Memorizing Scripture is not a waste of time. When we hide the Word in our hearts, we can rest assured that God will bring something helpful and relevant to our minds when we need it!

Final Tips

Encourage your child to have a close friend who’ll serve as an accountability partner. If they don’t have a friend, this could also be a youth pastor, sibling or another relative. This person will be someone who they can bounce situations off of, ask for support and encouragement from without fear or judgment or criticism, and who will be willing and/or able to “speak the truth in love” into his life.

When you feel that your child is being affected negatively by peer pressure, that is not the time to “back off.” Take her out for ice cream or to a movie, go shopping together, take a ride in the country, go for a bike ride…stay involved and make being with you a good, safe place to be. Earn her trust and she’ll come around.

Read a book about peer pressure together and talk about it! Look into these selections for starters:

Peer Pressure (Adventures in Odyssey Life Lessons #5)Peer Pressure (Adventures in Odyssey Life Lessons #5)How to Say No and Keep Your Friends: Peer Pressure Reversal for Teens and PreteensHow to Say No and Keep Your Friends: Peer Pressure Reversal for Teens and PreteensPeer Pressure vs. True Friendship - Surviving Primary SchoolPeer Pressure vs. True Friendship – Surviving Primary SchoolTeen Book Series: Peer Pressure vs. True Friendship!Teen Book Series: Peer Pressure vs. True Friendship! **I’m currently reading this book – stay tuned for the review

Have any other strategies for dealing with peer pressure you’d care to share? Please do tell us about them in the comments… 

See you next Friday!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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