Peer Pressure

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. You already know that the teen years can be rough. You're figuring out who you are, what you believe, what you're good at, what your responsibilities are, and what your place in the world is going to be. Peer pressure can have positive or negative effects. When peer pressure is positive, it pushes you to be your best. Negative peer pressure is when someone who is a friend or part of a group you belong to makes you feel that you have to do something to be accepted. Children often give into peer pressure as they want to be involved. They want to be liked and accepted.

Choices are what define us. Maybe the right choice for my friend may not be the way forward for me. Go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right about a situation, it probably isn’t. Peer pressure will never go away; it will always be prevalent, be it at school, playground, university and even work place. But communicating with your friends and family can help you a lot as they will understand you better. Another thing to be mindful about is to choose our friends wisely. A true friend will never force you to do something you will be uncomfortable with. Always remember to reach out. And do not forget, WRONG is WRONG even if everyone is doing it and RIGHT is RIGHT even if no one is doing it.

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