Peer Pressure

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  1. the act of self-control with your actions and your words 

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

For the Parent::Battle Cry

Childhood is full of experiences that eventually shape us into who we are. Unfortunately, some of these experiences involve being exposed to the manipulations of others. We all had at least one friend (or perhaps you were that friend) who would “double dare” us to break the rules, all the while assuring us that “nobody would know”. For better or worse, we learned that it can be gratifying to meet the expectations of others and gain their approval. The problem comes, as in the example above, when we compromise who we are or what we believe in order to gain that approval. Join us below as we teach your Warrior Poet to stand resiliently against peer pressure!

For Your Son::Call to Arms

Peer pressure is no joke. Many wise teachers throughout the centuries have taught that you will eventually become like the people you hang around with. That is why it is so important to choose your friends wisely! However, even if you’ve chosen wisely there will still come a time when your peers may pressure you to do something you know to be wrong. They might even try to make you feel bad or make fun of you if you refuse. Go ahead and let them. That is outside of your control. The Warrior Poet doesn’t find his identity in the approval of others, but in the strength of his principles. When someone asks or tells you to do something against your conscience, the weak will do as they are told; the strong will stand firm as Warrior Poets.

Weekend Activity

Ask your Warrior Poet for an example of a time where a friend tempted him to misbehave. How did he respond? Assess and then have him make a plan for different ways he can reply in the future to stand strong.