Responsible Decisions – Peer Influence
Our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues influence our lives. We learn from them and vice versa. As children spend time with peers, they too will be influenced by these people that share their lives.
Peers can have a positive influence such as teaching your child a new skill, like soccer, or painting with watercolors. They can demonstrate a leadership quality like good sportsmanship, that your child will imitate. Kids also develop passions for new ideas or activities by watching and spending time with other children
Kids can also be negatively influenced by peers such as breaking a rule or being unkind to others. They might be enticed by fitting in with the group or are merely curious to try something new without stopping to think if it is a wise decision or not.
This week the Puppet Kids are faced with some situations where they have to decide whether to follow a peer or to walk away. They learn to ask the following questions:
- Is this following the rules?
- Is this safe for bodies and feelings?
- Is this something a leader would do?
- No: Walk Away
- Not Sure: Ask an adult
- Yes: Follow