Every day we hear about a teenager who is in trouble. They have been in an accident, been out drinking, are taking drugs, have run away or some other unhappy situation. This is sad and sometimes tragic. And of course behind every troubled teen is a troubled parent or parents. We feel sorry for the kids and we should feel just as sorry for their folks. So what can be done to help the parents of a troubled teen?
The first thing is provide funding for local agencies and government departments to help parents. Put content and resources on specialty web sites with advice on surviving a crisis. Your teen is in trouble, what can be done? Parents can often be at a loss in times of stress. Getting their kid off drugs is a major problem. But just as important is the issue of the health and well being of the parent.
There are support groups in the community. It’s better for people living in towns and cities and not so easy for folks in isolated areas. These support groups do offer counseling or have information about where counseling can be found. It’s bad enough having a teen in trouble; the last thing anyone wants is to have the parent of that kid in a bad way too.
Certainly seek professional medical advice even if just to be able to talk to someone about your health as you stress out over your troubled teen.
As silly as it sounds, a determined parent of a troubled teen could actually start their own support group. Place an ad in the local paper or your church or sporting club newsletter, explain that you are the parent of teenager and would like to meet with other such parents to discuss ways of keeping the kids on the right path and the sanity of the parents intact. You might be surprised who and how many respond. Remember it is a support group. You want to know how you can help and be helped.
A good piece of advice for a parent is to understand that a teenager may be the last person to admit or even discuss their troubles. Many teens who are struggling are in a state of denial. You, as their parent, can see their grades have fallen, their weight is dropping and they are spending long periods alone in their room. You know there is a problem but your son or daughter refuses to discuss the matter. Be aware of this and do not let the matter run on without taking action.
If there is one thing a parent should know it is that they are not alone. There are millions of parents just like you who wonder what on earth they can do to help their teen.
Here are some simple words of advice. Never give up on your child. Take heart from the many stories of parents who have helped their kids get back on track. And remember that no matter how much you love your child, you should always look after them.
For parents that need advice and information on how to help their troubled teens check out Help for Troubled Teens. Or fill out this Troubled Teen Questionnaire to know whether your teen needs help or not.
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