To get your teen to listen, communicate calmly and clearly. Try to have back and forth conversations and involve them in decisions about rules and consequences. They need to know what will happen if or when they break a family rule.
Even when you know that it's the right thing to do, the decision to seek professional help for your troubled teen can be a difficult one. The first thing you will need to do as a parent is to accept that there's a problem. It is only then that you can make the best choices to better help your child overcome whatever difficulties he or she may be facing.
My blog focuses on parenting, being a mom and working, travelling with your kids, and also ways to improve your home. I give new and helpful tips that benefit all my readers. Being a parent is one of the most challenging responsibilities you can undertake, regardless of whether you're the mother of two-year old twins or four teenage boys.
Geared towards anyone who has an interest in helping youth at risk turn their challenging behaviour around, including parents, foster carers, social workers, teachers, youth workers, youth justice workers, probation officers, and adolescent mental health workers. This site comes from my firm belief that teen behavioural problems, such as aggressive behaviour, antisocial behaviour, youth offending, alcohol or drug abuse, self-harm, or eating disorders to name a few, come from a place of hurt, and of unmet needs. Hurting teenagers play their cards very close to their chests and it can sometimes be seemingly impossible to reach them, to get them to open up, to trust you with their deepest anxieties and pain.
It can be tough to tell when a teen needs help. Because adolescence is a time of transition — and even turbulence. Your teen is likely irritable and moody.
Raising a teen isn't easy. Raising a troubled teen is even more difficult. Whether your teen has substance abuse problemsbehavioral issues, or mental health problemsintervention is necessary.
It might help to know that most of these changes are normal. Physical changes happen because your child is going through puberty. Social and emotional changes happen because your child is exploring independence and identity.
The teen years are often the most difficult years of a child's life. Whether you are a parent, relative, friend, or just a caring person in the teen's life, help them to feel secure and respected. Be a role model that provides reassurance, while also setting boundaries. Teach them healthy ways to cope, by finding activities that boost their confidence.
Tantrums, defiance, moodiness, intense emotions, impulsive and reckless conduct. Sometimes it may be hard to believe, but no, your teenager is not an alien being from a distant planet. Your teen may be taller than you and seem mature in some respects, but often they are simply unable to think things through on an adult level.
Teenage years and teenage problems can be rough for parents and teens alike. As teens make mistakes, learn, and develop the skills necessary to be an independent autonomous adult, it can seem like they are on an emotional roller coaster. Some behaviors that teens display are normal, such as mood swings, an increased peer influence, and a changing appearance. There are always going to be typical, teenage problems and behaviors.