As our children move into their adolescent years, they will automatically start pulling away from home and seeking more companionship with their peers, looking to their peers for approval and acceptance. This is normal. From here on, we parent best through influence rather than directly. Therefore it is important to have a solid foundation in the early years and even engaged parents still find this period difficult. Children with clear boundaries and family values entrenched from the beginning will find it easier to navigate this period of peer pressure and will confidently be able to choose their friends, because their self-esteem is on solid ground.