“Many parents know they have a troubled teen on there hands, as these warning signs will help tell. The question many parents have is “What do I do!” or “what are my options?”
In this article we will briefly discuss what a parent can do, both at home, and outside treatment to help a troubled teen. There are many forms of treatment for troubled teens. The most basic must begin in the home. If your teen is becoming more defiant, you first need to take a look at the rules you have laid down for him/her, and consider revising. The most common mistake parents make, isn’t the making of the rules, it is the enforcing of the rules they make.
Challenges conquered sweeten success, and while failure is in part unavoidable, no one can know how the balance of success and failure measures out until the journey is complete. As long as the journey continues, there is hope: a chance to turn failures into success, weaknesses to strengths.
Like any adventure, the challenges are unique to each traveler. Even the same parent will experience different challenges as each child is guided through adolescence. Because each journey is unique, there is no way to smooth all the bumps, anticipate all the challenges, or detonate all the land mines beforehand. However, there are aspects of the journey that appear to be universal.
If the parent-child connection is consistent, positive, and characterized by warmth, kindness, love, and stability, children are more likely to flourish socially.
The relationships with their parents as warm, kind, and consistent are more likely to initiate social interaction with other adolescents and with other adults. They are more likely to respond to others positively and with greater empathy. Although teenagers will make their own choices, a good home life can increase the odds that kids will avoid many of the pitfalls of adolescence.
They are more likely to be self-confident in their relationships with others, and to be more cooperative with others. Also, teens with these kinds of positive relationships with their parents on the whole struggle less with depression, and have higher self-esteem.