Archives for October 2016

Finding Growth in an Isolated Setting at a School for Troubled Teens

Teens often get into trouble because they follow their peers. Peer pressure is huge factor in how likely teens are to abuse drugs/alcohol and commit crimes. According to The Adolescent Substance Abuse Knowledge Base, 30% of teens are offered drugs in middle school and high school. In high school, 74.3% of students have tried alcohol. Read more..

Recognizing Your Teens’ True Intentions When They Are Sexually Deviant

As a parent, you naturally feel concerned about your child before he even reaches his teen years. You might wonder how to cope with common issues, such as experimenting with drugs and alcohol, curfew violations or bullying. Like most children, your son might be curious about sexuality. While much of this curiosity is normal, children Read more..

Teenage Boys and Sexual Deviance

A lot of parents are hesitant to speak openly with their children about sex. It’s never a comfortable conversation to have, leading both teenagers and their parents to feel awkward. Sadly, this is the reason many parents tend to avoid the subject altogether, and intervene only when they suspect a problem. However, a habit of Read more..

Parenting Tips: Dealing With Troubled Teen Boys

Parenting any teenage boy can be a difficult journey. If you think yours is facing extra challenges, your situation can be even harder to navigate. Today’s teenagers have to live in a pretty complicated world. School, friends, and family concerns can already provide a significant amount of stress and angst for our teenage boys. When Read more..

Alternative School for Troubled Teenage Boys

According to the American Psychological Association, over 1 million youth in America enter the juvenile court system each year. Of those, approximately 160,000 are recommended for residential treatment such as correctional institutions, group homes, or detention centers. Unfortunately, many of these programs end up doing teens a disservice, increasing their problems with depression, more risky Read more..

Tricking Your Teen into Having a Real Conversation

When your son transitions from grade school into middle school and then teen years, he might begin to clam up and quit talking, especially about critical topics, such as bullying, substance abuse, sex and more. However, parents hope that during these years, teens will open up more about their struggles and the related feelings. Despite Read more..

Would Your Teen Be Better Off Without the Extra Meds?

When your teen is battling an issue like ADHD, depression, or anxiety, you want to do everything you can to help them function in a healthy way. This may involve parenting techniques, therapy, medication, or some combination of the three. Because we want the best for our kids and their future health, parents often worry Read more..

Not-So-Cute Nicknames for Common Drugs Used by High School Students

One of the challenges of parenting today is understanding the lingo kids use. In many cases, this lingo is harmless pop-culture noise and nothing to be concerned about. However, erring on the side of caution is always a good idea when it comes to teens, especially when this “lingo” could be related to drugs. Educating Read more..

Warning to Parents: Your Medicine Cabinet May Be the Starting Line for Teen Drug Abuse

We hear about teen drug abuse every day. It’s a major issue in our society, and disrupts the lives of teens and their families on a daily basis. Most parents are aware of the dangers and prevalence of illicit drugs. However, many underestimate or are not fully aware of the risks lurking in their own Read more..

Communicating With Teens When They Don’t Want to Talk

Teenagers are notorious for being tight-lipped. Thankfully, for the majority of teens, this is part of growing up and not necessarily a sign of a major problem. However, as parents we sometimes fear that a teen who doesn’t communicate might be suffering with a significant issue. Are they depressed? Being bullied? Do they need help Read more..