Parents have a reasonable amount of control over what their children learn and see, but as they go off into the real world, they're confronted with a variety of influences. Friends make a strong impact, and peer pressure can lead to some negative choices. What do you do about it? How do you help your kids handle peer pressure?
US News proposes one solution in an article:
"Bank time with them," says Patti Kelley Criswell, a clinical social worker, instructor of social work at Western Michigan University and author of numerous American Girl books about friendship and self-esteem. According to Criswell, "talking in paragraphs" is the benchmark for good communication. If you and your child are only exchanging one-liners, it's important to deepen the connection.
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