Almost none of us escape our teen years without feeling the uncomfortable weight of peer pressure.
What's worse is that it peaks in middle and high school, at a time in our lives when we most want to fit in with our peers but are probably least likely to make entirely level-headed decisions. That's a dangerous combination.
It's a scary thing for parents to contemplate. It means our teenagers are out in the world experiencing peer pressure, too, and we know that some of us are better at overcoming or ignoring it than others. Plus, as much as we'd love to believe our kids would come talk to us if a sticky situation ever arose, most of us also remember that our teenage selves would have sooner followed our friends off the edge of a cliff than lost face in front of them or (heaven forbid) asked our parents to bail us out.
Thankfully, Bert Fulks, a youth minister and father of three in West Virginia, has a plan that can help.
Fulks recently asked a group of kids if they'd ever found themselves in an uncomfortable situation that they went along with simply because they felt like there was no good alternative.
via: Bert FulksEvery single kid raised their hand. Heck, I would have, too! Fulk understands, sharing, "I still recall my first time drinking beer at a friend’s house in junior high school—I hated it, but I felt cornered...and I certainly couldn’t call my parents and ask them to rescue me. I wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place. As a teen, forcing down alcohol seemed a whole lot easier than offering myself up for punishment, endless nagging and interrogation, and the potential end of freedom as I knew it."