Troubled Teen: 5 Tips For Getting Through It


Many parents anticipate smooth sailing after all the physical attention required when children are young. As a result, when their offspring enter their troubled teen years, parents often feel blindsided by the subsequent confusion and misunderstandings. In fact, your teen children may have reached adult size, but their brains are still in a state of development. Adults are more adept at using the frontal cortex to facilitate logic and reasoning, but teen brains are still restructuring and have not yet reached maturity. Teens process information differently, and they are also subject to hormonal influence.

The natural physical and emotional changes that teens go through mean that their behavior is likely to change as well. Many growing teens distance themselves from their parents, exhibit mood swings, display more anger and impatience, change their appearance, and even sample cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. Parenting today’s teens always poses a challenge. However, there is a difference between the normal changes that teens go through and the behavior of troubled teens.

Warning signs that teens may be troubled include profound personality changes, failing grades, extreme weight changes, indications of cutting or other self-harm, violent behavior, problems with the law, and habitual alcohol or drug use. Often professional help is needed in coping with these situations. Additionally, though, you’ll need exceptional parenting skills to help pull your troubled teen through. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this.


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