Learning how to say ‘no’
Strategies to help your teen
face peer pressure
WRITTEN BY JENNIFER ALLFORD
Avoiding every awkward request is almost impossible, so it’s important to help your teen to be ready to say ‘no.’
It’s only two letters, a tiny little word, but
for teens, saying “no” to other teenagers
can be hugely awkward.
Teens face all kinds of brand-new
experiences, from sexual activities to
invitations to try drugs or alcohol. And
they can be pressured by their teen
friends––online and in person––when
they don’t go along.
Even when a teen doesn’t want to do
something, it can be hard to “just say
no,” says Lisa Macdonald, a child and
adolescent therapist with Alberta Health
Services in Camrose. “There’s often a
When someone feels they have less
power than someone else, saying “no”
may not work. Especially if the result
is being teased, criticized or outright
rejected by friends, she says.
Avoiding every awkward request is
almost impossible, so it’s important to
help your teen to be ready.
“It’s really about preparing and having