Decision Making. Making responsible decisions will help you deal with conflict and peer pressure while managing stress. Empowerment. To gain a feeling of empowerment, you must take responsibility for decisions.
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Making responsible decisions will help you deal with conflict and peer pressure while managing stress.
Johnny has been nominated for an office in the student council, but he does not always have a ride home after school. So he may not be able to attend the after school meetings.The steps used to make Responsible Decisions include:
Johnny could do nothing and see what happens
Johnny could talk to the sponsor and see if he/she could help
Johnny could talk to his parents about possible ways to get home
He could find out if there is a bus that goes close to his home
He could ask friends who are in student council if he can ride home with them
He could tell his friends and the sponsor that he can not be an officer because it is not the responsible thing to do since he can’t always have a rideResponsible Decision Making continued:
Johnny shows the list to his counselor or a teacher.
OR, he shows the list to his parents.
OR, Johnny shows the list to another adult who he knows has his best interest at heart.Responsible Decision Making continued:
Will this decision result in an action that:
Shows respect for self and others
Follows the guidelines of responsible adults such as parents or guardians
Demonstrates that I have good character?Responsible Decision Making continued:
Johnny decides to take to the sponsor and see if she has any suggestions. Johnny finds out that as an officer he must be at all meetings unless he is sick or has been excused in advance. But she tells him that the activity bus is an option to take him home. She also states that several very active members of student council live in his neighborhood and she would be glad to help arrange a ride with one of them.
Johnny decides based on these facts that he will run for an office.Responsible Decision Making continued:
Johnny runs for office and wins.
After he has been an officer for 2 months he talks to the sponsor and they discuss how he has been getting home.
Three other students have offered to give him rides home, so he has not had to miss any meetings.
He decides to write thank you notes to his new friend’s parents telling them he appreciates the rides home.
He is glad that he spoke with the sponsor and made the decision to run for student council office.Responsible Decision Making continued:
Peer Pressure is the influence people of similar age or status place on others to have them behave in certain ways or make certain decisions.
Give reason for saying NO.
Make sure your body language or nonverbal behavior matches what you say.
Avoid being with people who make harmful decisions.
Avoid being in situations in which there will be pressure to make harmful decisions.
Resist the pressure to engage in illegal behavior.
Influence others to make responsible decisions.Some resistance skills teenagers can use include:
Respond to the open response question on the next slide.
Place the completed journal entry (answer to the open response question) in your journal or notebook.
Sara’s friend Jane uses alcohol or marijuana almost every day. Jane has been cutting classes, failing most of her subjects and spending time with other kids who use drugs. She says she’s having a great time, but when ever Sara ask her what she’s doing that’s so much fun, she can’t remember. So far, Sara hasn’t said anything to her, but she’s really worried about her.
B. Explain how using a decision making process will help Sara make a better decision and allow her to help Jane in a more productive manner. Be very specific.