Parenting a Troubled Teen:
Essential Teen Parenting Tips for Worried Parents


Parenting a troubled teen involves creating strong connections. It is never to late to connect with your teen.

  • Connect to your troubled teen through the vehicle of his passion. What is your child interested in? Does he love music or sports? Find a way to engage him through the things he loves in life. This doesn't just mean buying him tickets to a concert, so he can go with his friends. Connection is about "being there," not sending your child away. Start by taking him to a music store, buying him a CD and going home and listening to it together. When I say "listen," I mean sharing fully in the experience. Try to discover what it is about this music that speaks to your teen. In this way, you connect to him through what he loves, through those things, ideas and experiences that lift and enervate his soul. This is deep stuff. Connections always are.

  • Set aside your ego and your need for adult authority. Your teen, though troubled and misguided, is on his way to becoming your peer. Treat him with respect. Although he is not yet sophisticated in the workings of the world, he is taking the first step, struggling to know himself and find his place in the world. Help him, guide him, be open. Have compassion. Be there. When you use your power as an adult, wield it wisely and only in the best interests of your child. If your teen is acting in ways that endanger himself or others, seek the help of a qualified professional. Don't hand your child over and make him someone else's problem, rather, engage him in the journey of transformation from a "green" caterpillar into a butterfly of an adult.

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    If your teen is troubled, he or she may be depressed. Fight depression by giving your teen MindSoothe Jr which supports feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain. By nourishing the brain, you promote calm, a reasonable attitude and the ability to deal with moods and feelings. This is a holistic, all-natural product that many parents have recommended to us.

    Also on our highly recommend resources list is a behavioral program called Total Transformation which is an at-home program that teaches you how to help your teen cope with stress and frustration and learn to make the best decisions. If your teen is struggling with this, this is an excellent way to give him skills that he will use throughout his life. Developed by a therapist of over 30 years who used these techniques to transform the lives of troubled kids in schools and in his private practice.

    About the author: Laura Ramirez is the author of the award-winning book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting . The book shows parents how to raise children to develop their natural strengths and grow up to lead uniquely purposeful and fulfilling lives.



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