Have you even made decisions based on other people’s opinions rather than the needs of your own family? I have. I almost ruined my relationship with my eldest daughter by doing this. I chose to listen to my friends rather than to my child. You see, I wanted to be accepted by the group. I bowed to adult peer pressure.
Adult peer pressure can affect the way we unschool. Sometimes we might find ourselves doing things we just aren’t ready for so that others will approve of us. We don’t want to feel excluded from the unschooling community. We certainly don’t want to be criticised.
Adult peer pressure can be hard to resist. I wonder why this is. Are we swayed by other people’s opinions because we lack confidence? Do we find it hard to do things differently from everyone else? Perhaps we don’t want to feel alone.
I’m talking about adult peer pressure in this week’s podcast. I tell the sad story of how, years ago, I made my teenager’s life difficult because I let myself be led by the opinions of others.
In Episode 101, I also discuss the following topics:
- Communication skills: Are we good communicators? Why is it important that we know how to communicate? What about our kids? How do they deal with people in the bigger world who fail to treat them with the respect and politeness they have come to expect?
- Rules: Do we need to make rules? Or are they ineffective? Do rules set us up for battles with our kids?
- Jeggings: Is it okay for a mother as old as me to wear them? And are my jeggings fitting more comfortable after a month of our great weight loss adventure?
- Collaboration: If we collaborate could we light a gentle unschooling fire?
Episode 60: Listening to Kids
Images: My girls are communicating very well with each other as they film a music video while wearing their very practical but pretty jeggings and tunics! (All things I talk about in episode 101!)
So I’m wondering if you have ever been affected by adult peer pressure. Do you get involved in heated discussions on Facebook? And what do you think of jeggings? Do you wear them? I’d love to chat so please feel welcome to stop by!