When we grew up and our parents told us to be home by 10pm we never questioned them, we were home by 10:00, if not 10 minutes earlier. We never dared back talked (well, if we did, we learned real fast it was usually the last time we did it).
It seems teenagers today have a sense of entitlement issue. They have no sense of respect for their parents. Sometimes we can be fortunate that they do respect their teachers and our neighbors. However when they come home, they can become a person we don’t recognize.
Again, what happened?
Is it today’s society? It is peer pressure? It is the desire to give our kids more than we had? Is it technology?
Honestly, it is a million dollar question that really doesn’t matter, because at the end of the day, some are struggling with a teen that is going down a negative path. We have once good teens making some very bad choices. If it escalates to a point that you are actually reading my Blogs – and now seeking outside help – it usually means you have reached your wits end.
Believe it or not, now is the time not to make rash decisions. Once you have exhausted all you local resources, such as local therapy, your relatives and other programs in your area, you may be ready for residential therapy. However this is where it gets tricky.
You get online and you type in all sorts of buzz words you before you know it – you are bombarded with all sorts of toll free numbers with promises of help and understanding…. really? Back up… Realize that the teen help industry is a big business – yes, you may need help, and you may need a school or program, but your teen is not for sale – and you are not going to be scammed. How do I know this? I was scammed over a decade ago – I learned the hard way. I had that teen that was a good teen, before she started making those bad decisions – and then I made a rash decision.