It’s challenging to know how to parent difficult teens. If you’re wondering, “how do I successfully raise a teenager?”, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are many resources available for you and your family.
If Your Teen Needs Immediate Help, Here Are Some Hotlines They Can Call:
If your teen is struggling with suicidal thoughts, they are not alone. The National Suicide Hotline is a 24-hour confidential hotline that will connect your teenager with a trained counselor. Just call 1-800-273-8255.
Visit helpincorporated.org/resource-library for more hotline info.
How To Help My Troubled Teen?
ASSESS WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH YOUR TEEN
Take an honest look at the struggles your teen is facing. Ask yourself if your teen just going through adolescence or are they in crisis? Carefully think about what help your teenager needs and how soon they need help.
MAKE A PLAN
Make a plan for how to get them the help they need. This could include things like:
- Introducing new consequences to their actions
- Joining a support group
- Parental or family counseling
- Pastoral or professional counseling
- Boarding school for troubled teens
Follow through with your plan. Finally, after you’ve implemented your plan, take some time to evaluate how the plan is working and adjust it as needed.
The key to helping troubled teens is to intervene as early as possible. If your teenager is struggling, it’s better to get help sooner rather than later.
How To Parent Defiant Teens?
Parenting teens takes a balance of discipline and grace. It’s important to enforce boundaries in the home, and it’s equally important to show love and grace to everyone in the household.
If your teen is defiant, you may be asking yourself, “who is in control, me or my teen?” While it’s important for teenagers to practice taking charge of a situation in an adult role, many teenagers take this too far. If your teen’s defiance has escalated to shouting matches in the home, it may be time for professional intervention.
DOES MY TEEN NEED COUNSELING?
Everyone can benefit from counseling, whether they are in crisis or are living a happy life. If problems are starting to escalate at home, it’s time to reach out for help. Crosswinds offers a variety of ways to receive counseling, whether it’s online or at one of our office locations. Early intervention will prevent the problem from escalating, but it’s never too late to reach out for help.
CHRISTIAN BOARDING SCHOOL FOR TROUBLED TEENS
While it’s not ideal for teenagers to be away from their families for long periods of time, sometimes it may be necessary for healing and change to happen. Caribbean Mountain Academy, a Christian Therapeutic Boarding School is a way to give your child a fresh start away from negative influences. Your teenager will have many service opportunities and will be immersed in a Christ centered community.
MORE PARENTING RESOURCES FOR TEENAGERS
The US Department of Health and Human Services has several resources on how to talk to your teen about various topics, including depression, drugs, alcohol, relationships, and technology.
If you feel that your situation is extremely urgent, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. As the parent of a struggling teenager, you’re not alone. We’ve helped countless families in the past and we’re here for you too.