How to Teach Your Child to Avoid Fashion Peer Pressure

As our kids get older, it gets harder and harder to know what they’re up to all the time. We might think that they’re handling themselves well around their peers, but they could be feeling immense levels of peer pressure. A great example of this is peer pressure as it relates to fashion. Some kids can be pretty brutal when it comes to judging others for what they wear—and here’s how to teach your child to rise above it.

Brand Names Don’t Matter

We as adults are aware that brand names are more than just comfort and looks. They’re intended to signify a level of status, mindset, or even cultural belief. As you become an adult, you can indulge yourself in such surface-level ideas, but kids—even high schoolers—shouldn’t have to worry about it.

Unfortunately, many kids are raised by parents who either don’t think much of it, or teach them that they’re somehow “better” because they’re wearing certain brands. The problem is that these youngsters come into their social scenes with these problematic beliefs, and influence others that they all must follow suit.

This can create a toxic environment for those who don’t have the means to afford such luxurious clothes. They may come to resent themselves or even their parents for not providing them with “cool” enough clothes. It’s your job as a parent to instill your child with a strong sense of self-worth, and teach them that it truly doesn’t matter what kind of symbol is on your shirt. It’s not easy to do, but it’s crucial that they learn this lesson.