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Knowing Yourself: Handling Peer Pressure

All through a human beings life they are forced to deal with peer pressure. As people grow older, they will be faced with some challenging decisions. Some don't have a clear right or wrong answer, but other decisions are serious, like whether to cut class, try cigarettes, drink, drugs, or lie to your parents. Peer pressure is when people your own age try to influence you how you act. Peer pressure is all around, whether it is at school, church, a sport team that you are on, or at work. A peer is someone you interact with through your life. It is someone you learn from and they learn from you. Some peers influence people in a positive way, whether it would be telling them not to do something wrong, lie, or help them with something. But sometimes peers influence people in a negative way.

For example one kid might try to get another kid to drink on the senior trip with him, or someone might try to convince you to lie and be mean to another person. There are all different kinds of peer pressure and people will face it

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most of their lives. It just all depends on how to handle peer pressure and what people can do to avoid it.

"Come on! ALL of us are cutting math. Who wants to go take that quiz? We're going to take a walk and get lunch instead. Let's go!" says the kid in school with who you're dying to be a friend. Do you do what you know is right and go to math class, quiz and all? Or, do you give in and go with them (kids health)?" The first stage of handling peer pressure is to have confidence yourself to...