Recently, I had an incident where another parent tried to peer pressure me into a situation I was uncomfortable with. I didn’t fall for peer pressure in high school and I’m certainly not going to fall for it now! It was tough for me to walk away from that without making it a bigger deal than it was.
I wanted to tell her she was wrong. I wanted to tell her how she made me feel. I wanted to make her feel badly for putting me in that position. Basically I wanted to prove that I was right.
I was going to give her that power over me. The power to make me behave badly because she was behaving badly.
In the end, I didn’t. I’m sure my tone and my facial expressions did enough to convince her that I wasn’t on board, but I bit my tongue. I told her we had already made our decision and were happy with it and left it at that.
I’m annoyed enough to have to deal with acne as an adult, I have to deal with peer pressure too? Sheesh! 😉
Have you ever been peer pressured as an adult? Did you feel the same stress that you felt as a kid or did you feel offended like I did?
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Kathy Cain says
I just wanted to say I am sorry for your having to face needless peer pressure….apparently some people never grow out of the need to be in control, and think they have the right to tell everyone else what they want them to be doing. In other words…they are on their own personal power trip.
Thank you for being the strong, caring, thoughtful mom and person you are. Thank you for taking the Christian way out, and taking the higher ground. You never know who might learn from your strength and courage and become a better person themselves.
God Bless you and your family, In Christian Love, Kathy
Thank you for commenting!
Yes, I agree about being on their own personal power trip. I actually find these sort of people respect others more when they do stand up to them.
God Bless you and your family as well Kathy!
Katie R. says
I missed this earlier in the month.
I’d say most of the peer pressure I face these days is the pressure to gossip! I usually just don’t reply and the conversation dies, but it’s always awkward. I did once have to come out and say that I didn’t want to gossip. :p