There are many tough jobs in the world today.
Some of them are low paying. Others won’t pay you any money at all. And
some are just outright dangerous. One job in particular is that of being an
average, everyday, ordinary teenager. One thing on the job description that’s
one of the toughest is peer pressure. Ask any American teenager about it. Peer
pressure can make you do things you would have never thought of doing. Most of
them probably aren’t so safe, or beneficial for the teen that partakes in
whatever it is he, or she, is pressured to do. Teens will pressure their friends to do
anything from taking illegal street drugs to forcing someone to have sex that
isn’t ready. They feel pressured to do the act in order to be seen as “cool” or
“hip” by their friends. Teens may even begin to act much differently than
usual. They may take on a “thug lifestyle” just because their friends dress and
talk that way. That can be just as dangerous as any drug. Every parent needs to let their teen know
that their lines of communication are always open. No matter what time of day
or night it may be, no matter if it’s in the middle of the Monday Night
Football game, or just before your favorite Prime-Time television show, your
teen needs to know you are always there for them.
Today’s kids are different, much different,
than when we were young. The entire world has changed, and youth has changed
right along with it. Innocence doesn’t last nearly as long as it once did.
Things are complicated, especially for teenagers.
Kids grow faster and faster today. If we
parents aren’t there to guide them, where will they learn morals? Kids want so
much to impress their friends that they are even willing to commit crimes
simply because a group of their friends dared them, or pressured them to do it.
Teenagers are faced with the choice of either participating in the act, or
being ridiculed by their friends and maybe even their entire school. When faced
with this choice, they are certain to take the most unwise path. Some of these
crimes will end up on your child’s permanent record which may stop him or her
from entering into college, or worse.
When your teen says they need to talk, be a
parent to them and listen. Not only that but, be proactive and ask them about
how things are going at school. Also, let them know you’re really interested. If we don’t listen to them and give them advice
on life, someone else will. Someone that may be even more confused as your teenager.