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Hi my name is Dr. Marian C Fritzemeier and I'm an education and child development specialist. I've accumulated many years speaking, writing, consulting and teaching both in the classroom and for parenting audiences. I believe the parenting process can be a fantastic and overwhelmingly fun journey with the right plan in mind. Need some help with that plan? Then you've come to the right place.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

10 Parental Roles in Reducing School Age Children's Negative Peer Pressure, Tip 6

Dr. Marian C. Fritzemeier, Ed.D. © 2013
Author, Speaker, Educator
This is the third of five blogs featuring 10 tips for parents to help reduce negative peer pressure with their school age children.

Mr. Rogers was Right. The sixth tip is to get to know the parents of your children's friends and adults in your neighborhood. Most children attend elementary schools in the neighborhoods where they live; therefore, many of your children's friends will live close by. Who are the people in your neighborhood?  

Reduce Crime.  In an age of automatic garage door openers where neighbors can come and go without interacting with others, how can you get to know your neighbors? One way is to begin a Neighborhood Watch program with the help of your local police or sheriff department. Neighborhood Watch is built on the concept that knowing your neighbors helps reduce crime. Crime reduction appeals to many people living right near you.
Fun Ideas. National Night Out (NNO) is celebrated the first Tuesday in August. Communities across the United States are encouraged to plan an evening to get to know their neighbors. In Modesto, California, a city in Central California, finds that NNO grows in popularity every year. In many communities like ours, National Night Out is sponsored by the city's police department.

McGruff & Horses. Every year is different, but community service representatives arrive at these neighborhood events scattered around the city. One year two mounted police officers paraded about on horses. Another year firemen showed off their fire truck. A favorite was the year McGruff, The Crime Dog, arrived in a black limousine to remind us to, "Take a bite out of crime." McGruff even has a web page for teaching kids safety featuring games, videos, advice, and downloads. 1

Neighborhood Events. Block parties and other neighborhood events we've organized, such as holiday caroling and 4th of July dessert followed by fireworks facilitate building relationships with others and making community connections. These adults are potential role models for your children. Teenagers are possible baby-sitters. One elderly couple on our street serves as honorary grandparents to countless school age children.

Common Ground. Seek other parents who have similar family guidelines. Try talking about common ground rules, like a parent needs to be home when friends are visiting. You may encounter more families with similar values than you expect. We did. We discovered like-minded adults in every neighbored who became significant others in our daughters' lives. Getting to know neighbors is a terrific strategy for helping your children reduce negative peer pressure.  

1. McGruff, The Crime Dog. www.mcgruff.org. Accessed 12/10/2013.

2. Image from: Stock.XCHNG www.sxc.hu/ small-town-1276290-m. Accessed 4/18/2014.

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