Discipline and the Difficult Teen
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Discipline and the Difficult Teen

Raising teens is tough, but when your teen is out of control or difficult to reach it can make you feel like giving up.

Every parent struggles with the proper methods of disciplining their teenager. We do our absolute best, hoping that each decision was the right one. Most of the time we discover that we muddled through rather well and in the course of our uncertainty we were able to produce great results in our children. Unfortunately there are cases out there in which the usual tactics do not work. What if no removal of privileges or changes in your response is bringing about the changes you want to see in your child? Feelings of hopelessness can make it difficult to keep trying when your out of control teen seems so out of reach, but do not give up just yet.

You already know that the normal strategies for changing behavior in a teenager are certainly not working on your teen. Unfortunately, no manual or professional can tell you what is going to work for your child. As their parents, you know them better than anyone else and you can reach them on a level that no one else can, but your response will have to vary depending on the situation.

Gaining control of your out of control teen may not be easy. You are going to question your decisions and wonder if you are doing the right thing, but you must consider the welfare not just of your teen but of all the members of your family affected by your teen’s behavior. Don’t be afraid to try different ways to reach your teen. And don’t be afraid to seek professional help if your teen’s behavior is more than you can manage on your own. There are a number of medical conditions that may be impacting your teen.

Leading by example is one of your best weapons. If your teen sees you behaving differently than you expect him or her to behave, don’t expect them to do what you say. It’s far more likely that your teen will do what you do. Take responsibility for your actions, be sincere and honest in your relationships, and be forthright with your teen when answering the tough questions.

No one can advise you as to what is the best way to handle your out of control teen. Every situation is different as well as every child. However, whatever method you choose it needs to be something you do together. Your teenager needs you now more than ever.


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