Raising Teens

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Troubled Teen 101
Start At Home
Typical Teen Behavior
Drugs and Alcohol
Juvenile and Teen Boot Camps?
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Prescription Drug Abuse
Work with Your Teen

Communication with Teens
Enforce Limits
Consistancy is Key
Meaningful Consequences
Appropriate Activities
Family Support

Talk to Your Kids about Tough Subjects

Troubled Teen 101

Troubled Teen 101 is presented for parents in need of teen help. We offer information on teen issues, problems, and behavior disorders. We give recommendations on programs for troubled teens, boarding schools, and other teen boot camp alternatives for teen help. We also provide details on various types of programs for teens including military schools, boot camps, and wilderness programs. Our troubled teen help reps will not recommend these short term options. We believe in promoting home based solutions and then long term options.

Start At Home

Parenting is never easy. Parenting a troubled teenager can be overwhelming for you and your family. You may worry because your teen is defiant, angry, or withdrawn. You may feel worried, angry, and overwhelmed. Your home may seem filled with chaos and tension. You know that something has to change. The following tools for parents will help you as you seek to minimize conflict and increase communication within your home. Start At Home

Typical Teen Behavior

Adolescence is a time of change. As a parent you may find yourself wondering whether the changes you see in your youth are normal, or whether they should be a cause for concern. While each teenager is unique, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) offers the following feelings and behaviors as normal adolescent behavior. Typical Teen Behavior

Drugs and Alcohol

Adolescence is a time of trying new things. While the experimentation with drugs and alcohol is common, the abuse of these harmful substances by teenagers continues to increase. Teenage alcohol and drug abuse can be detected through a number of warning signs. Drugs and Alcohol - refers to mortage and home loans.

Juvenile and Teen Boot Camps?

An explanation of teen boot camps, juvenile boot camps, and youth boot camps. Including the alternatives to boot camp that are available to parents of troubled teens. Juvenile and Teen Boot Camps?

Source: www.familyfirstaid.org

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The primary reason that teenage girls who have never had intercourse give for abstaining from sex is that having sex would be against their religious or moral values. Other reasons cited include desire to avoid pregnancy, fear of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and not having met the appropriate partner. Three of four girls and over half of boys report that girls who have sex do so because their boyfriends want them to.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Most people who take prescription medications take them responsibly; however, the nonmedical use or abuse of prescription drugs remains a serious public health concern. Certain prescription drugs - opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and stimulants - when abused, can alter the brain's activity and lead to dependence and possibly addiction.

Work with Your Teen

Communication with Teens

The most important tool in helping your teen is to talk with them. Talking openly and honestly can often help to bring resolutions to problems, and understanding to conflict.

Enforce Limits

Set limits and follow through, if you don't follow through it's the same as not having rules. Help your teen set limits and goals for themselves.

Consistancy is Key

Be consistent as you enforce limits and rules. Your teenager will test the boundaries. But know that only parents who consistently enforce their rules will have their rules consistently followed.

Meaningful Consequences

Help your teenager learn there are consequences to their actions. When enforcing consequences at home, remember that consequences should be immediate and have meaning to your child. Negative consequences should match the rule violation.

Appropriate Activities

Help your teenager choose friends and hobbies that support their goals.

Family Support

Find help for your family. You don't need to go through this alone.

Source: www.troubledteen101.com/articles3.html

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