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One Mom's Moxie: Troubled Teen? Tips to Help Your Child Get Back on Track

Friday, August 29, 2014

Troubled Teen? Tips to Help Your Child Get Back on Track

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Troubled Teen? Tips to Help Your Child Get Back on Track

Having a teenage that’s acting out in school or just generally have difficulties in their personal life can be incredibly difficult and stressful for parents. However, it can be incredibly tough to know what to do for a troubled teen that doesn't seem to want to listen to your advice. Fortunately, there are things parents can do, even when they feel like their child is out of control.

Use these 3 tips to help you get your family back and guide your child on the path to a brighter future.

1. Connect with Your Teen

Trying to connect with a teenager can be a difficult experience for many adults, especially if they don’t share many common interests with you. However, looking for something that you can bond with your teen over can help to build a lasting connection that will open doors to more serious communication about problematic issues in their life. It also helps your teen to recognize you as a person, not just an authority figure that tells them what to do all of the time, which is how many troubled teens feel at a certain age.

What you do to connect with your teen is really up to you, but focusing in on their hobbies and interests that are healthy and active is often the best idea. Listen to music, work on art projects or go to a sporting event. The activity doesn't matter, but the bonding does.

2. Take a Different Perspective

When you’re trying to talk to a teenager that’s your child, it can be easy to always talk as a parent. After all, you are their parent and you’re concerned about their welfare. However, many teens just don’t understand that.

Sometimes taking a different perspective – talking to them using a story or from personal experience in your life – is a more effective approach. Even if you’re not trying, many teens feel like most talks with parents are lectures, not advice.

3. Know When You Need Professional Help

Sometimes trying to connect with your teen and talk to them from a different perspective just isn't enough. When that’s the case, you may need to go outside of the normal channels and seek professional help for your child in the form of therapy or therapeutic boarding schools designed for troubled teens.

These options may seem drastic, but it’s essential that your child gets their life on track before college. Getting them prepared for life now will help them become happier, more well-rounded adults.