Helping Your Child Deal With Peer Pressure

As kids get older, peer pressure can get in the way of how well they do in school.

Why? By the time they turn 7, children start caring more and more about what other kids think of them — and less about what their parents or other adults think.

Kids who want to get approval from their peers and become more popular will often take part in risky behavior like cheating in class, shoplifting, tagging, drug use, alcohol use and sex — all of which can send them on a downward spiral and take them away from focusing on their education.

Here are six ways to help your child resist peer pressure and stay on the right path:

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