Peer pressure is powerful. Your children likely will get to know others their age who use drugs or alcohol, who smoke, or who take part in dangerous behaviors like driving too fast. Your child will have an easier time dealing with peer pressure if he or she has learned some good habits.
Teach your children to:
Spend time with friends who don't use drugs or alcohol or do dangerous activities.
Skip parties where they know there will be drugs or alcohol or dangerous behavior.
Practice responses, such as "No, thanks. I've got too much to do today," "My parents told me that they would ground me for 3 weeks if I do that, and I don't want to take the chance of missing my friend's party," or "I think that's a bad idea."
Get involved in drug-free, safe activities and learn ways to ask their friends to join too.
Call for a ride if they're in trouble or feel pressured by others to use drugs or alcohol or take part in dangerous activities. Your children should know that you want to help, no matter what the situation is.
Know the signs of an unhealthy relationship and talk to someone they trust if they feel threatened or uncomfortable in a relationship.
Talking about sex can be awkward, but the earlier you start the discussion, the better prepared your child will be to make safer decisions about it. The best time to begin the discussion about sex is when your child is in elementary school.