Why I’m NEVER Having Kids

Why I’m NEVER Having Kids #67: They Fall for Peer Pressure Too Easily

July 12, 2008 · No Comments

Above: A fat kid sitting on top of a playground set is pressured into jumping.  WARNING: you may laugh out loud at this!!

Everybody has a need or desire to fit in with those closest to them.  Unfortunately, kids and teenagers need for acceptance is often so high, they will do just about anything to get it – even if it means doing something dumb.

This next part may sound like I’m being idealistic, but when I was a kid/teenager, I didn’t really fall for peer pressure all that often.  I was so focused on trying to be an “individual” that other things people tried to get me to do – smoke, drink, have sex, sneak out of the house – seemed stupid to me.  Heck, I didn’t even have my first alcoholic drink until I was the legal age of 21!

Most people, however, are not like me.  As such, I viewed many of my middle school/high school peers become influenced by those closest to them to do some of the aforementioned stupid things. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem if it weren’t for one smaaaaaall thing…


Oh sure, they think it makes for a great story when they get caught underage drinking and being sent to jail overnight.  However, it’s not so funny for the parents who end up having to put up bail money to get their dumb-ass kid out of jail!

Oh sure, the kid will be in agony when he has to go to the hospital after jumping off his friend’s rooftop simply because he was being called a “chicken.”  Even more agonizing: the medical bill the parents will have to pay to get his dumb-ass bandaged up in the first place – and that’s just if surgery isn’t needed!

Oh sure, that person’s daughter might feel she just HAS to have sex with every guy she dates so he’ll like her.  But guess what? It’s not so good for the parents when they find out their daughter either (a) has an STD that now requires them to buy meds to control her outbreak, or (b) gets pregnant, and has to deal with a baby of a baby simply because she couldn’t say NO!

Now, some parent will read this and think, “Geez, A.P.!  All you have to do is teach your kids right from wrong, how to make correct decisions, and how to value themselves, and they won’t fall for peer pressure as easily!”

Aww, that sounds so… what’s the word I’m looking for? Oh right - it sounds IDEALISTIC. 

In reality, when a kid is solo by his or herself, away from the parents, and 10 other kids close in age are chanting for them to run through the girl’s bathroom just ONE time (thanks a LOT, my ex-3rd grade class!), all that stuff they heard from their parent may just go right out the window. 

It’s similar to two people being in the mood to have sex, and there’s no condoms around: just because you know you SHOULDN’T proceed with an action, doesn’t mean it will stop you from doing so!

When kids do this stuff, though, they never think about how their actions will affect others around them, ESPECIALLY their parents!  For all they care, they just assume Mom and Dad will help them deal with whatever consequences may result from their careless stupidity, brought on by the mounting peer pressure they were facing at the time.

Well, you know what?  I ain’t helpin’ any kid deal with ANYTHING, ’cause I’m NOT having them!

-A.P. Taylor

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