Thursday, November 20, 2008

RULES VERSUS PEER PRESSURE

From TODAY, Voices

Thursday November 20, 2008

 

By Dr James Dobson

 

Even good kids can get into trouble. That’s why teenagers need well-defined rules.

 

Most kids don’t want to do things that jeopardise their future. But parents should never underestimate the power of peer pressure. If you want your kids to stay safe, make sure you set and enforce clear boundaries.

 

No teenager has a reason to be out with friends late at night. A friend of mine says: “Nothing good happens after midnight” and I think he’s right. Unless it’s a planned event and well chaperoned, make sure your kids are home at a reasonable hour.

 

Then teach your kids what to do when faced with peer pressure. That’s another good reason for a curfew. They can say, “Sorry guys, but I have to be home by 11.” Giving kids a good excuse helps them save face when things get out of hand.

 

Help your teens stay out of trouble by setting clear and reasonable rules and then enforcing them.

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