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 bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts, or other struggles, they can text 4HELP (44357) with the word “safe” and their current location. Within moments, they will receive a message about the closest safe place to go and can also chat with a trained counselor through text. Their line is open 24 hours a day for all teens in crisis.
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-SUICIDE (784-2433). For teen suicide warning signs, click here.
How to Help My Troubled Teen?
The First Step to take to help your troubled teenager
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.
The Second Step
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
- Summer camp for troubled teens
- Boarding school for troubled teens
The Third Step
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, through text, in office, or in your home. 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. Crosswinds’ therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens 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. To learn more about our therapeutic boarding school, click here.
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.