Article by Michelle Bery
Parenting in general – while enormously rewarding and joy filled – can also be an exhaustive, confusing experience. No child arrives with an operational manual and many of us just find our way day to day doing the best we can.
Each age group offers its own set of challenges. But none is more talked about or struggled with than the teenaged years. Raising a typical teenager can be stressful enough as you battle for control with a young adult eager to assert his/her independence. But parenting troubled teens offers its own unique experience. Parenting troubled teens can exacerbate an already stressful time and put an enormous strain on a family unit.
Luckily there are many avenues available to those parenting troubled teens. While the experience can often feel isolating, there does exist a large, populated community of parents struggling with the same challenges. Whether your teen is struggling with emotional or physical challenges, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, or any one of the countless issues facing teenagers today, parents can take comfort in the expansive resources available to them.
To test the waters, those parenting troubled teens can easily turn to the safety of their own home computer. The Internet offers a variety of resources that those parenting troubled teens can access. Many sites – in addition to offering general information and even listings of local resources – will guide you to online chat forums where those who are parenting troubled teens can share their stories. There may be nothing more reassuring during this stressful time than simply meeting someone who understands.
Additional resources for those parenting troubled teens include psychologists, psychiatrists, and licensed therapists who have experience with such issues. Whether its counseling for the teen himself or guidance for parents, professional assistance can go a long way in your journey.
Support groups – much like online chat forums – offer those who are parenting troubled teens an opportunity to share their frustrations, fears, and struggles. Ultimately you may find that you are one day sharing your accomplishments as you face and conquer the challenges of parenting troubled teens.
Parenting troubled teens can be a harrowing experience. The pressure on couples and families can be enormous. But if you take advantage of every tool available to you – seeking out local and Internet resources – you will soon find that you have a comprehensive and powerful weapon at your disposable to help you in your journey.