Elyssa has always had a strong sense of self. She’s a trendsetter and a leader, and she knows what she wants when she wants it, and how she wants it.
She’s not afraid to say “no,” and she’s also not afraid to say “yes” to herself. I love that about Elyssa, and I’ve always been inspired by her.
Through the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, I am learning that saying NO to peer pressure starts with Self. That explains a lot!
The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is based within the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and it provides parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to raise teens prepared to thrive.
Elyssa recently turned 18, and I’m so proud of her for not giving in to the pressure of dating. She has been focusing on her dreams as a filmmaker and artist, and she has put off romantic relationships until she feels it’s time.
Seeing her consciously choose to dedicate her time to being an intern at a film company, as well as designing and launching her film review website, while saying “no” to other things that may seem “more fun” is definitely a positive milestone!
According to the CPTC, saying NO to peer pressure is a teen milestone we must learn to look for and celebrate. You can learn more about it here.
I am proud of Elyssa for focusing on herself and doing what’s right for her while supporting her friends who have chosen differently.
CPTC provides science-based strategies to foster strong family relationships. You can sign up for the CPTC 100-word, daily parenting tip newsletter here to get it delivered to your inbox.
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