This week at GOTR we’re talking about how to stand up to peer pressure – you know, when someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do.
1) Don’t be afraid to say no – if someone asks you to do something you don’t want to, say no! You don’t have to do something that feels wrong or somehow bad to you. If they’re really your friend, they will respect your decision.
2) Give a reason – make sure the person understands why you’re saying no (e.g., I don’t think smoking cigarettes is a good idea, I don’t like the way they smell)
3) Suggest an alternative – after you’ve told them why you don’t want to do what they want you to do, suggest another activity you can do together (e.g., why don’t we go to the movies instead?)
4) Walk away – If the person just won’t take no for an answer, walk away. If you feel there’s nowhere to go, call your parents and have them come get you. You should never have to spend time with someone who is pressuring you and making you feel uncomfortable. If they won’t respect your decisions, get out of there!
Still unsure about what to do? Check out these websites for tips and real life examples: