Standing Up to Peer Pressure

I wasn’t the most popular kid when I was growing up. I was uncoordinated, gangly, and wore glasses when I was younger. Plus, I was a straight A student. I got made fun of all the time. Back then, it really hurt my feelings. But one thing I learned is that going along with the crowd didn’t necessarily help. It often just made me feel worse. That’s when I learned that it’s okay to say no. It’s okay to stand up for what you believe in.

This week at Girls on the Run, we’re going to focus on giving you skills for how to say no when someone is trying to pressure you to do something you really don’t want to do. And maybe you’re afraid that they won’t want to be your friend anymore if you say no. But that’s okay. If they are trying to make you do something you don’t want to do, then they’re not your true friend anyway and you are better off without them. True friends accept us for who we are and don’t try to change us. More on that topic in a couple of weeks.

Still unsure about what to do? Check out these websites for tips:

http://kidshealth.org/teen/homework/problems/peer_pressure.html

http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/friend/peer_pressure.html

http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/clique.html?tracking=K_RelatedArticle

http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/families/talk_to_parents.html?tracking=T_RelatedArticle

http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/thought/shy.html?tracking=K_RelatedArticle

http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/thought/talk_feelings.html?tracking=K_RelatedArticle

Stayed tuned for next week’s topic: How to Deal with Bullies

 

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