Part of being a teen involves learning to make decisions. One of the things that affects decision-making is pressure from friends. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems easier to go with the crowd, even if it goes against a teen's better judgment. Teens should be encouraged to trust their instincts. It is unlikely that a teen's friends are always looking out for their best interest. Parents should teach teens to consider that the decisions they make today may affect them for years to come. They should not allow themselves to be manipulated by friends. Teens will develop respect for themselves if they make their own decisions, and their friends will have more respect for them in the long run. For more information on peer pressure, consult a health care professional.