A boot camp for troubled teens can be a lifesaver in more ways than one. There are millions of households where a teen, or teens, cause grief to their parents. The teen is unhappy and the parents are stressed. Placing the troubled teen in the appropriate boot camp can help turn the teen into a settled and healthy young person and give their parents a holiday and then almost a new life. So yes, there definitely can be benefits by placing your son or daughter in a boot camp.
The first benefit is removing the troubled teen from their potential or actual dangerous environment. The teen may be mixing with the wrong crowd, they may be out at all hours and will therefore be neglecting their studies. In a boot camp there will be no shopping mall around the corner and none of their wild pals to mix with and get into trouble.
Instead the troubled teen will be in a safe and challenging environment where the leaders are trained and experienced in working with teens just like your child. Not all boot camps are the same. They can vary in length and emphasis on discipline. As the parent, you should work hard to find the right fit for the needs of your troubled teen.
Apart from the tough physical activities and the excellent and healthy diet, the teens will get a chance to talk to experts in youth behavior and have their say on life in front of their peers. Many of the teens will have been through a similar experience of clashing with parents and teachers, of being questioned by the police and having dropped their grades at school losing interest in most things worthwhile. They have a lot in common.
These open discussion sessions are great for troubled teens. They’ve had no joy talking, or perhaps screaming, with their parents. Now they can have their say, they will not be interrupted and they will have an attentive audience. Troubled teens are really interested in the opinions of other troubled teens.
At home, a troubled teen may not feel they have any value or may feel their parents have all the power. In a boot camp, every kid in residence is important. Every teen is entitled to have their say. And when they realize they are important, these teens then feel they belong. They become part of the community formed with their fellow participants. And this feeling of belonging boosts their self esteem and makes them want to contribute to the team effort. All these qualities are good for personal growth. Suddenly the troubled teen forgets their troubles and concentrates on how they can work within the group.
Now the teen is making decisions, making worthwhile choices and their life is being turned around. Best of all, back home, the parents are relieved to have some respite and then delighted to welcome home a new child, an untroubled teen. The right boot camp can make all the difference in the world.