Tips to avoid peer pressure

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Tips to avoid peer pressure

Peer pressure is a huge issue for teenagers today. It's really important for parents to help their teenager find a solid group of friends. As teenagers spend more time online, on Facebook chatting, they actually develop two groups of friends. Online friends they don't know very well, and offline friends from school. The first way to help your teenager is to make sure they have a solid set of three or four friends they can depend on when they are in trouble. Second, make sure your teenager has an inner strength. They usually get this from passions; hobbies, sports, extracurricular activities. If they feel strong and really good about themselves, they are less likely to succumb to peer pressure.
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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website,, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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