Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Making a Connection with Your Teen

As your son gets older, it has become harder to communicate. You feel as if he is drifting away from you. He no longer opens up about anything, is often holed up in his room, and spends more time away from home. You feel like you need to build a bridge before you completely lose touch. You keep reaching out, but he closes the door on all of your efforts. You need to act now before it's too late. 

Try an Intervention 
If you can't make any headway with your teen on your own, try an intervention. Gather together family members and close friends to sit down with your son. Tell him you care and you're worried about him. Try and find out why there is this growing distance between you. When your child is in trouble, you want to do something about it. You can't sit back and watch him struggle.  

Get Professional Help 
Look for advice from the experts. Talk to your family physician and ask for any recommendations for counseling services. Consider going to group therapy as a family, especially if there are changes in behavior and emotional outbursts. If you feel like your child is on the brink of disaster, you need to do everything you can to head it off at the pass. 

Ride Out the Storm
When your home becomes a battlefield and verbal fights start to escalate with your teen, you need to do everything possible to stay calm. The last thing you want is to see your teen run away from his problems. Be firm. Be persistent. Most importantly of all, be present. Your son needs to know that you are not going anywhere.

Consider a School for Troubled Youth 
If all of your efforts fail, you can take the next step and try a new location for your son, like the Wood Creek Academy. Enrolling in a program for troubled youth may be the last resort to finally overcome the struggles that your teen is experiencing. In a remote, secure setting, your son can learn coping skills and work through his problems. With the guidance of competent staff members, surrounded by others with similar problems, it is possible for your teen to find his way back to you. It will take time and effort, but you can have a relationship again.

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