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I had an epiphany today regarding peer pressure for young children. That in more instances than not it was not overt pressure but perceived pressure. That when young children are in a situation with friends or possibly even siblings, they often choose to act out what they think the others would want them to do.

They make choices in behaviour that they know parents will frown upon and that they actually would not consider if it was only the parent around, to see if it gets the desired reaction from their friend/s.

It is like the molecules that make up the bodies of children recognise another child in their midst and react.

Having no parental experience with teenagers to date it has left me wondering if this would apply to them as well. If the urge to test the reaction of peers is greater than the fear of repercussions from their parents?

Give me a few years and I will report back.