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Can peer pressure be good for my child?

What parent wouldn’t want children who paddled against the stream, stood up for themselves, and didn’t allow themselves to be influenced by their peers? An independent child may be a parent’s dream, but it’s often not a reality. Peer pressure is a natural part of childhood, and although it’s thought of mainly as a problem for only adolescents, it can begin as early as kindergarten.

It’s easy to forget that sometimes peer pressure is a good thing. Your child may be influenced to join a sports team or a school club because “everyone is doing that.” A good friend may inspire your child to study more, pick up a hobby, or finish homework before playing outside.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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