Let’s make sure our children are aware of the dangers of underage drinking. Let’s also make sure they know how to be assertive in case they feel peer pressure to have a shot or two.
WHAT IS ASSERTIVENESS?
Being assertive means to be positive and confident. It begins by being aware that you are a worthy person with your own special gifts. When you are assertive you think for yourself. You ask for what you want and need. You have the self-confidence to say “no”.
WHY PRACTICE IT?
Without assertiveness, we would be passive, allowing others to bully or lead us into trouble. We would have a hard time saying no. We would be afraid to tell if someone is hurting us. Without assertiveness, we might be too aggressive, bullying, fighting or trying to control others. When we are assertive, others respect us and we respect others. We stand up for what is right.
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE IT?
When you are assertive, you are your own leader. You stand up and speak out. You don’t accept unfair or hurtful treatment. You set boundaries about you will and will not do, and get help when you need it. You share your true feelings—tactfully. You express your one-of-a-kind ideas, opinions and talents. You make a difference in the world in your own special way.
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