7 Tips for Navigating Peer Relationships as a Teenager

Written by: Sarah Mixson, M.S.W.
7 Tips for Navigating Peer Relationships as a Teenager

Let’s talk about something that may be on your mind: peer relationships. Whether you’re in college, high school, or middle school navigating social dynamics and friendships can sometimes be a challenge. I’ve got some helpful tips to assist you in navigating the ups and downs of peer relationships.

1. Be Authentic: True friends will accept you for who you are. Embrace your uniqueness and don’t be afraid to be yourself.

2. Find your circle: Look for friends who share your interests and values. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and want the best for you.

3. Have open communication: Good communication is the foundation of any relationship. Being open and honest with your friends can build trust. Remember to listen to others and be respectful.

4. Boundaries are key: Having boundaries is important in any relationship including friendships. Know your limits and don’t be afraid to voice them, know and respect your friends’ boundaries as well.

5. Practice fair fighting: Conflicts are a natural part of relationships but how you handle it matters. Try to resolve conflicts without name calling or gossiping. Remember compromise is key and resolving conflicts calmly and respectfully can go a long way.

6. Be a good friend: Try to treat your friends how you would want to be treated. It’s important to be kind, respectful, and loyal to your friends. Checking in on a friend and listening to them can make a big difference.

7. Know when to let go: Not all friendships last forever, sometimes a friendship can run its course, and that’s okay. If you struggle with a friendship that is toxic or no longer brings you joy, it’s okay to enforce your boundaries and focus on surrounding yourself with positive relationships.

Navigating peer relationships can be tricky. With the right mindset and approach, you can build strong, meaningful friendships that last. Remember to be yourself, be kind, and be a good friend. You’ve got this!