Friday, November 24, 2006

Personality's Triumph Over Peer Pressure

I regularly ask my children: "Why is it that you want to be like everybody else? Why should you do what other people tell you to do? Do you feel the pressure to do something that you really don’t want to do?" I tell them: "This is called peer pressure; you will feel it all the time, but it does not mean that you should bend to it.

My girls, you have to be different for the good things, the pretty things, the delicate things; you can call other people's attention without being rude or ugly, you can set the good example.

My boys and my girls, you have to have your own personality, go against the flow, according to what you have seen at home, our principles, our good values and good manners, all of what mom and dad taught you. You should never be ashamed of your home rules, schedules, customs, all of these are good for you, regardless of what 'all your friends do'.

Be different by not saying bad words, be elegant in how you dress, be decent by not talking behind other people's back. Don’t wait to see what the popular boy or girl will do, instead, do what you feel is right. Believe in yourself, be a good leader, the one that cares"


Meg said...

Beautiful sentiment... early and often...


Erica Douglas said...

Well said, and welcome to GNMParents.

Anonymous said...

I hope my kids will learn this earlier, and better, than I did!

Anonymous said...

That is very well said. It is so important to teach children the importance of being themselves. Good job.

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