Are you feeling overwhelmed and helpless as your troubled teen spins out of control?
Is your teen boy or girl exhibiting any of the following behaviors?
Parenting Teens Can Be a Trying Time for You and Your Family
If you are parenting a teen you may be feeling any of the following:
It can be really rough trying to solve your troubled teen’s issues. You may feel exhausted from the continuing cycle of conflict and/or distancing. This can cause increase your frustration, anger, and sadness over your apparent inability to help your teenager because you don’t know what else to do.
There may be times when your relationship with your teen may be volatile and confusing. Or there may be times where you can’t seem to connect with your teen no matter how hard you try. You may long for that child you once knew. You may wonder where your loving and caring relationship went.
You desperately wish for things to change but another part of you may feel like giving up.
Normal Adolescent behavior can be challenging even in the best case scenario – and can be even more difficult when crises or stressful events occur. When this happens, emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, shame, guilt, embarrassment, and hurt can get buried or avoided. In today’s modern society the attachment from youth to adults seems to be weakening or completely broken off. This is a common (although unhealthy) occurrence and just blaming yourself will not help the situation.
Feelings from the impact of divorce, death in the family, romantic break up, painful events, and stress can become internal time bombs. As teens become more closed off these hidden emotions eventually put more strain on your relationship and can lead to isolation, loneliness, frustration, and rage for everyone. Drugs and alcohol can bring temporary relief. Skipping school, and overly focusing on “good-time friends” can also be a way to escape painful and frightening thoughts and feelings.
Parenting a Teen Can Make You Feel Like Pulling Your Hair Out at Times, But You Can Turn Things Around…
It’s never too late to be of help to your teenage son or daughter. You can develop communication that is respectful and caring. You can find a way to spend time together that is enjoyable without conflict. You can learn how to help your son or daughter take responsibility for their actions.
It is possible to increase closeness with your teenager and encourage them to look to you for help and guidance. You will experience more peace as you increase trust with your teenager. Believe it or not, it’s possible that your adolescent may eventually want to spend some time at home with you, rather than always being out!
Yes, You Can Feel Good About Your Parent Teen Relationship Again
If your teen, family, or you could use counselling, please call for your free 10-minute consultation at 604-786-0709.
Klaus Klein, MA, RCC
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