It is a well-known fact that youth can be easily influenced, especially at the middle school age, so it’s important that we talk to our kids about safe choices. Teens do not think that far into the future, well, no further than the weekend or the next big game, so it’s important they understand the choices they make now could affect them in the future.
The desire to make friends and fit in will cause a lot of kids to fall victim to peer pressure, so how do we teach children to stand up for their beliefs and think for themselves? How do we create leaders instead of followers?
Yolanda M. Tucker, an Award Winning Author of “Blessed Beyond Belief,” “Lessons Learned: My Reflection,” “All I Ever Wanted To Do Is Love You” will share her expertise on the topic
What can we do to help our kids be leaders instead of followers?
We can initially help with setting the example of being a leader. Our kids see and mimic our actions, therefore, if we exhibit leadership skills they will as well.
Why are our choices so critical to the direction we lead?
Our choices are so critical to the direction we lead because one choice can change a child’s life either for the good or the bad. Kids need to have the ability to think situations all the way through before they make a concrete decision.
How can we help kids to make better decisions?
We can help our youth make better decisions by teaching them to think critically and find out of the box resolutions.
How do we talk to our kids about peer pressure?
We have to talk to our kids about the realities of what’s happening in today’s world. Enough with the sugar-coating, fables and classic parenting responses. We’ve got to be real with our kids and address what’s happening in their world.