Helping Your Teen to Find a Positive Peer Group
by Kathleen McCoy, Ph.D.
Not all peer pressure is negative. Much of it can be positive if your teen is in the right peer group. How can your help him or her in this regard?
- Help your teen to find special interests and peers who share these interests by participating in group activities and organizations.
- Look into special peer discussion, education groups, and classes at boy's and girl's clubs, churches and synagogues.
- Make it easy and tempting for your teen to entertain friends at home when you're there to supervise. This can increase his self esteem and help you to learn who his friends are.
- Get to know your teen's friends' parents. That way you can unite over matters of curfew and other limits, counteracting you teens arguments that everyone else is allowed to do this or that.
Friends are vital to teens. With your help and support, your teenager can have friendships that enhance his life immensely.
Programmed and Hosted by ParentsPlace.com,
The Parenting Resource Center on the Web.
Last modified: Oct 24, 1995