When is the right time to take a drastic step towards improving your troubled teen's future? This is a question that all parents have asked before deciding the best course of action for their child was sending them to a therapeutic boarding school. Before choosing to send your child to an alternative school, it is important that you review why a new environment could be their best option. You can begin by pinpointing how far down the wrong path your teen is currently at. They may begin by lying to family members and not doing their homework. Or perhaps they are skipping school and prefer to always be hanging out with friends. If this sounds like your child, they are heading down a slippery slope that is only going to get worse.
The next thing you are going to want to do is figure out how long your teen has been making poor decisions for. If you continually find yourself granting a "one more chance" ultimatum, you will probably find that your teen simply ignores your pleas and continues to head further down the wrong path. When your teen's bad behavior has been going on for several months and is gradually getting worse, then you may want to stage an intervention as soon as possible. The quicker you intervene, the better off your teen will be.
If you still have a sense that something is just not right, then seek help immediately. A frequent mistake that parents make is waiting too long. Before you know it, your teen is 17 years old and your legal options are severely reduced.
If you have any questions about what options are available to you, please call us at 1-800-845-1380. We are renowned for working with families and helping struggling teens straighten out their lives. Let us help you pick up the pieces and get your teen back on the right track. Take our online test to determine if your teen's placement level.
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www.add-adhd.org - Site on Attention Deficit Disorder.
www.addadhdadvances.com - Site aimed at mothers of ADHD/defiant children and teens: Offers a course in behavioral improvement.
www.addresource.com - Addresource.com: The only FREE search engine and directory for ADD/ADHD and related learning disabilities.
www.athealth.com - Comprehensive Mental Health resource site.
www.bpkids.org - Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation.
www.cadca.org - Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.
www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/parenting - Comprehensive teen links.
www.copes.org - Council on Prevention & Education: Drug abuse and prevention site.
www.dbsalliance.org - Depression & Bipolar support.
www.dyslexia-parent.com - Information for parents of dyslexic children and teens.
www.family.org - Focus on the Family's homepage. Well-known faith-based organization founded by Dr. James Dobson, author of several best-selling books on family issues.
www.familyeducation.com - Family Education Network: Learning Network parent channel
www.fenichel.com/parenting.shtml - Dr. Michael Fenichel's resource & teaching site with many links.
National Families in Action - National Families in Action's mission is to help families and communities prevent drug abuse among children by promoting policies based on science.
www.ncfy.com - National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY): NCFY is the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB's) central resource on youth and family policy and practice.
www.ndmda.org - National Depressive & Manic-Depressive Association.
www.nimh.nih.gov - National Institute of Mental Health, wide variety of links and information.
www.nrscrisisline.org - National Runaway switchboard: Are you afraid that your child might be running away? Do you know what to do when he/she does? Do you know what to do when he/she comes home? Being a parent isn't easy.
www.parent-teen.com - Information and courses on building parenting skills and teen-parent relations.
www.parenting.org - Girls and Boy Town site. Good section on teen issues.
www.parenting.ivillage.com - Good Q&A section by age group and subject.
www.parentsoup.com - Parent Soup: Hge site made easy by offering sections categorized according to specific ages of children.
www.theantidrug.com - Information and advice on drug abuse and prevention: Sponsors a prominent ongoing ad campaign.
www.troubledwith.com - A site with artiles and resources on family issues, with an extensive section for parents of teens.
www.truehope.com - Site focusin on bipolar disorders.