Every day in life something significant happens somewhere dealing with how kids fall into the everyday norms weather be good or bad. Children and teens are like sponges, they absorb everything. Children will do anything to have someone to play with and teens will do anything to find their place in school. Some end up in the popular crowd, others do find their safe place, like gangs or theatre, and others are always rejected. Most, if not all, children are very susceptible to peer influence through their family and friends.
“Although a parent’s influence on a child’s development shouldn’t be underestimated, neither should a siblings.” “What we learn from our parents may overlap quite a bit with what we learn from our siblings, but there may be some areas in which they differ significantly” (Early Sibling Relationships influence Adult Behavior).
What our relationship with our siblings consist of may have a big impact on how we are later in life. To children, siblings are better role models for them because it gives us someone closer in age to look up to. They are our example for socialization. How children pick up bad behaviors like drinking or deviant acts come from our “I want to be like my big brother or sister” attitude. A prime example of this is if a child has an older sister that ends up a teen mom, there is a higher chance of that happening to that child later in life. It is something they see and something that absorb.
When children are rejected early in life it is very possible the effects are going to follow them throughout their whole life. Children who are rejected are seven times more likely to fail at school. This includes failing a grade or even dropping out of school, most before tenth grade. Those children also tend to get lower grades and are even rated lower from teachers, being described as “anxious, fearful and depressed” (Consequences of Peer Rejection). Some things also show that there is a relationship between peer...