Peers play a large role in the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. Their influence begins at an early age and increases through the teenage years. It is natural, healthy and important for children to have and rely on friends as they grow and mature. Peers can be positive and supportive.
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The bad news is: You may have to break up with this guy. If you've already told him that you're not comfortable with his constant sexual advances and he still isn't respecting your boundaries, then there is probably no other solution to your problem. Contrary to popular opinion, boys can control their physical impulses. They are just as capable of keeping their hormones in check as girls are, and should therefore be expected to. A good boyfriend wouldn't continue to make you uncomfortable by pressuring you to make out with him if you're not ready.
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Neil Bernstein, a clinical psychologist writes about how to understand peer pressure, sex and talk to teenagers about it. At its best, it can mobilize his energy, motivate him to strive for success, and encourage him to conform to a healthy group norm. At its worst, peer pressure can impair good judgment and fuel risk-taking behavior, drawing a child away from the family and positive influences and luring him into dangerous activities.
Jill Whitney is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of a forthcoming book about talking with kids about sexuality and sexual decision-making. She leads workshops for parents and young people on exploring one's sexual values and communicating about sexuality. Shannon Lee has been trying out this writing thing for over 20 years — and after a dozen novels, thousands of articles and millions of words written, she might have finally gotten the hang of it. For the past several years, her professional writing has focused on education-related topics. With two children in college and one in preschool, she has a personal interest in the entire educational spectrum.