The Jasper Chronicles

The Journal of a Cynical Dad

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

If Everyone Jumped Off a Bridge...

As parents we're always trying to teach our kids to think for themselves. After all, peer pressure can lead to all sorts of trouble - drugs, smoking, relaxed fit jeans - but maybe parents are actually the problem.

Preschoolers can resist pretty much anything parents throw at them, so how do get them to listen?
"John is wearing hat, don't you want to?"
" See, everyone else is wearing pants."
“Look. Suzy has sunscreen on.”
We use peer pressure.

How are kids going to learn to think for themselves if they spend their formative years being told to be like everyone else?