Having a troubled teen is a burden many parents will never face, but how do you tell the difference between normal teen growing pains and actual problems? This guide will help you to navigate the real issues versus the normal teen behavior as they mature into adulthood.
- Is their negative behavior affecting the family dynamic- If negative behaviors is creating new fights between parents or siblings there is a great chance that this is going to create lasting issues. The ramifications of these behaviors can lead to divorce, other siblings following a troubling path, and an increase chance of substance abuse. The real issues are around the toxic behavior of one child leading to an entirely changed family dynamic.
- Experimentation with drugs or alcohol- This is something parents may downplay for normal teenage hijinks but the fact of the matter is that it is illegal. Having a stain on your troubled teen’s record can have a much larger effect the earlier it happens in life. Drug or Alcohol use may also indicate an inability to regulate emotions or a desire to use unhealthy coping mechanisms.
- Refusal to go to school- Now there are many reasons a troubled teen does not want to go to school. Reasons can range from struggling with materials, bullying, or running with the wrong crowd. In any case there is a much larger reason behind this behavior. A discussion with your troubled teen should solve some of the most basic problems but if school refusal continues studies show your teen is not on the path to a successful future.
The best choice when a troubled teen’s behavior deteriorates can be to remove them from the house. It gives a troubled teen the chance to reset and really focus on what the real problem is. A residential treatment center or wilderness therapy program may be the best option to help your teen find success.