Peer pressure is an issue that is real and happens to everyone, especially teens. Often, teens are pressured to do things they do not always want to do to save their "image". And to teenagers that image or social standing means a lot.
Bert Fulks, a youth minister and dad, recently asked a group of teenagers the following simple question, “How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?”
They all raised their hands.
Since, Fulks has come up with an ingenious plan to help his kids: X Plan.
X Plan is simple. When his kids feel they are in a bind, they can have an easy way out, with still saving face. Here's how it works:
If any of his kids find themselves in a situation that they feel uncomfortable about, they simply text their parents, or brother or sister, with the letter "X". The person who receives the X text immediately calls and offers the way out.
They tell the kid that something has come up and they are either being picked up or need to come. They do not offer an explanation. At this point the kid will tell their friends they have to go. This offers them a way out, and still saving face in front of their friends. There's really no explanation needed other than "my parents said so."
Fulk says the critical component to the X-plan is the agreement he makes with his kids. Once the kid has been picked up or arrives home, he may tell the parents as much or as little as he/she wants.
Fulk urges others to share his post saying, "If this somehow gives just one kid a way out of a bad situation, we can all feel privileged to have been a part of that."
Read more about the X Plan at BerkFulks.com