Thursday, August 2, 2007

Help Your Kids Manage Peer Pressure

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – With back to school just around the corner, parents may need to help their kids deal with peer pressure on the schoolyard.

That’s why The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) has just released tips on how parents or guardians can talk to their kids about the pressures of fitting in without developing a negative self-image.

The first thing parents should do to help their children socialize successfully and maintain a positive outlook is to praise kiddies for their accomplishments and nurture special talents and interests.

Family discussions during rough school years are crucial to staying involved in your kids’ lives and keeping them on track, especially when parents talk with their children about drinking, drugs, and other behaviors that are harmful.

Talking to kids about concerns or pressures they may be experiencing in school, and helping them prioritize and set goals for themselves will help keep kids calm and focused.

Finally, meeting your kids’ friends and learning about the social group your child belongs to will help you understand what they go through at school on a daily basis.

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