Science of Parenting: Dealing with Peer Pressure

peer pressureAMES, Iowa – Everyone is going, all the kids sneak candy into the theatre and no one else has to be home by 11 p.m. When kids are facing peer pressure, how should parents respond? Family life specialists offer suggestions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“Everyone really isn’t going to the party or staying out late or whatever else your child may claim,” said family life specialist Donna Donald. “But kids of all ages may find peer pressure hard to resist.”

“Often kids give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked; they want to have friends and be part of a group,” said family life specialist Lori Hayungs. “Kids may be afraid that others will make fun of them if they are different or don’t go along with what’s being said or done. Sometimes kids give in to peer pressure because they want to try something new and are braver in a group.”

Donald and Hayungs will take a close look at the positive and negative aspects of peer pressure. They will offer ideas on how parents can help their children maintain friends while learning how to resist pressure and also standing up for what they believe is right.

Learn more from tips on the blog throughout the month and in a four-minute podcast. Through the Science of Parenting,, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists share and discuss research-based information and resources to help parents rear their children. Parents can join in the conversation and share thoughts and experiences, as well as how they handle parenting responsibilities.