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Friday, February 22, 2013

Peer Pressure - It's not just for kids

We worry endlessly that our children will be negatively influenced by their peers.  Will they stand true to their principles?  Will they be able to say "no"?  Can they stand alone if necessary?  All these thoughts and more go through our heads as our children venture out into the world.

But what about us?  If all the moms are trying a new diet, do you want to try it too?  When one of your friends gets a new car, do you think it's time for your old junker to be replaced too?  What about after school activities for the kids?  Everyone is signing up for XYZ lessons.  Your kids aren't going to be left out!  And it goes on and, beauty, health, parenting, vacations, gifts, entertainment...are we being influenced by what everyone else does?

The same things we want for our children are the same things we ought to be emulating ourselves.  It's ok to not run with the crowd.  It's ok to stand firm.  It's ok to be the only one on the block who doesn't have a ---.   Don't let someone else influence the decisions you make for you and your family.

You will be setting a good example for your children and making decisions that are right for YOUR family and not someone else's.  Be strong.  Be true.


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