Peer Pressures Dear BeingGirl Experts, I'm 13 years old. Ever since I was 10, everyone has been warning me about peer pressure. I don't understand because what they said is totally wrong to what life is really like. My friends ask if I want to do the stuff, and I say, "No," and they say, "OK, cool." They don't give me the cold shoulder or anything. Why do older people think that there is always peer pressure? Josie --- Dear Josie, It sounds like you have learned sticking with what you know is right for you is the best decision. Not every teen has the confidence to say, "No." Self-confidence is needed when you don’t go with pressures from peers. Teen years are often when many kids your age lack this confidence and make choices based on fitting in. Choices made this way often aren’t the best choices. This is why adults are concerned with peer pressure. Hopefully you'll always have this ability to think and care for yourself! Your BeingGirl Experts Questions about peer pressures? Get answers and helpful advice at BeingGirl.com.