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If you’re a parent or guardian trying to deal with troubled teens, you may have no idea what to do. You’re not alone in this battle and you’re not the first person to go through this. You may have friends telling you to let your child learn the hard way, but the you know down deep, it’s best to take control and work with your child for a better future. You may not know what to look for in behavior changes to know if he/she is in trouble or not. That’s the first step to caring for your child.
Some of the behaviors that often lead to a bad situation:
- When you notice they are distancing themselves from certain friends and your family.
- They start lying more often and it soon becomes a habit.
- Sometimes the teen will fall behind academically.
- You may see a difference in how there starting to dress themselves and show them selves off to people.
- They quickly get a whole new group of friends.
- They have lack of motivation in everything they try and give up quickly.
- You may see your teen using drugs and alcohol.
- You may see cuts on them that definitely didn’t get there on accident.
- Your child is suddenly joking about sexual activities.
- Running away from home or threatening to, during every argument, even when their just stressed out.
Remember, teens have many different ways of dealing with their problems and sometimes they don’t even know they’re in trouble. They may tell you it’s ridiculous for you to be accusing them of heading towards a troubled future. Hopefully you can give your child an extra little encouragement into the right course. Some kids just need that extra push in life to get where they need to be.
They’re Still a Child in Spite of their Size
Don’t let their growing bodies confuse you. Teens need lots of love and support much like a toddler does, no matter how much they may hate that. They want to be treated like adults and live their own life but that isn’t the best way to deal with them. If your teen is in trouble and you start seeing some of the above changes and behaviors, you should seek professional counseling or other help.
What to Do?
If the above symptoms continue to even get worse, you may want to look into some of the camps or other programs. If matters get bad enough, there are a lot of options including boarding schools, boot camps, Christian programs, residential treatment centers, and also wilderness programs. These programs more often than not, end up helping kids move into a successful path in life. The success rate of these types of solutions runs about 80%. Not doing anything can worsen matters because continued trouble results in decreasing in self-worth and drains them of any motivation they may have had left.