Don’t Follow Foolishness
Fads of foolishness tempt our kids to do something or try something dangerous or unhealthy. There are also new laws and regulations that have made something that was once illegal now legal. How do we coach our kids to be wise and not become just a part of the crowd or cave into peer pressure? These questions are designed to help you have a healthy conversation with your kids to keep them far from the fads of foolishness.
What foolish trends have you noticed?
Your kids know what’s going on with these foolish fads and hopefully will tell you about them. Listen carefully to how they explain them to you. Hopefully, they are already laughing at the foolishness of them. Allow them to consider fads that may be influencing them at school and among their friends. This may require a few moments of silence at the table. Let the silence give opportunity to thoughtful contemplation. Your kids should be the first ones to speak.
What things are legal but not wise?
Getting your kids to talk about legalized drugs or alcohol is the first step in preventing them to cave into the peer pressure of using or abusing them. Open up a discussion about the pit falls. Read excerpts from articles to them about how they have ruined lives of people who have used them. You may even have a personal story or two that would be age appropriate regarding family or friends.
Why is it best to go against these foolish fads and be different?
Helping your kids see themselves as better off for not falling for the foolishness of fads begins a positive self-image. Tell them you are proud of them for not being part of the crowd that may only be trying to get attention. Listen for opportunities to praise them for making good decisions. If they need to begin making better decisions, use this time to encourage them with positive and hopeful comments.
Now is the time to identify the foolishness. It seems these fads are becoming more extreme and dangerous. Social media even brings more awareness to the ones who are trying to get the wrong kind of attention. Talking about these things while your children are young will help your family navigate these pitfalls and possibly even avoid some of the foolishness all together.