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oakridgeMilitary Schools for troubled teens is one of the biggest misconceptions parents have.

Military Schools, typically are not for troubled teens.  Quite the contrary – students usually have to have a good GPA (current – not what they are capable of) and some Military Schools and Academies require your teen to write an essay about why they would like to attend.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t Military Schools that won’t accept an at-risk teenager, however, be aware — these schools are not much different than most tradition schools (with the exception of the Military structure), most have policies in place.  They won’t tolerate defiance, disrespect and especially substance abuse.  Many will have the three-strikes your out rule.  But with a Military School you forfeit your tuition. YES – it is usually there in the small print – and that is about $25,000-40,000 annually.

You may ask, since many Military Schools are usually boarding schools, how do these kids find drugs or alcohol?  Like many boarding schools, most do accept day students.  Or like any teen that is using any type of drug, they will find a way.  Never assume just because they are going to a boarding school they will stop using marijuana or stop drinking.

ResidentialTherapyWhen you have decided to get them help to determine what is causing them to turn to drugs or alcohol, or causing them emotional distress that is leading them to make bad choices and failing in school – you then need to find a good therapeutic boarding school.  One that can offer them emotional growth to find out what is truly going on deep them with them.

A Military School can’t do this for them.  They are not about therapy or helping them sort out their feelings.  Many parents will be reading this and thinking – well, we have been through so much therapy at home.  Residential therapy is completely different than the one-on-one therapy you have weekly or twice a week at home.  It is also completely different than an out-patient program you may have tried locally.

Residential treatment offers your teen an opportunity to be with their peers that have the same feelings they are experiencing at their age, all their activities revolve around helping them build their self-worth to make better choices.  Residential therapy can offer academics, clinical and just as important, enrichment programs – which helps stimulate your teen in a positive direction.

Do you have questions about Military Schools and Academies?  Contact us today.  If you believe your teen is ready for one, we can help.  If you think you need residential therapy, we can guide you with options too. We are about educating parents.

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    Excellent read by Kari Kampakis, WriterA mom of five kids (all teenagers) once told me that something they discuss a lot in their home is RECOVERY.

    Her husband’s big question to their five kids is: "What will your recovery be?" He tells his teenagers, “You’re going to make mistakes, and hard things will happen, but what will your recovery be? How will you respond when things don’t go as planned?”

    I love this concept because it’s so relevant – especially to teens. More often than not, this is the stage of life when adult-sized problems, disappointments, and heartaches begin to manifest.

    An accident they didn’t see coming.

    A romance that ended with a broken heart.

    A mistake they'll always regret.

    A dream that didn’t come true.

    A curve ball that changed their plans.

    A setback that felt like punishment.

    I’ve read many articles – you probably have too – about the importance of resiliency in kids. I’ve heard it said today’s kids often have high performance skills but low coping skills. Their talents and achievements are off the charts, but when it comes to the interior stuff, that grit that helps them handle the unexpected twists and turns of life, it often doesn’t develop to a mature level.

    I’m all for resiliency, but I don’t like watching the adversities that help build resilient kids. I don’t enjoy seeing my kids or others face bumps in the road or mountains that put their character and resolve to the test.

    What I’m trying to grow more comfortable with, however, is the truth that pain and life interruptions can serve a purpose. The obstacles our kids face often prepare them for blessings down the road or open up new doors they didn’t see coming.

    Most importantly, God will comfort them in their pain so they can comfort others. Whatever happens to our kids – good or bad – never goes to waste. God can use it all to grow His kingdom and draw them closer to Him.

    I believe helping a child recover begins with compassion and sensitivity. It means comforting them, crying with them, and confirming we’ll walk beside them. Whatever the next steps are, we’ll take that journey with them, because as long as we’re alive and able they will never walk alone.

    The next step is to instill hope. To give them something to cling to and remind them how the pain they feel is temporary. It won’t last forever, and things will get better.

    Nobody is guaranteed a problem-free life, and what every child realizes at some point is how fragile life circumstances can be. How bodies, hearts, and spirits can break from one unfortunate event…one devastating conversation…one poor choice…one bad performance…one painful punch in the gut.

    We can’t always prevent the trials our kids face, but we can influence their next chapter. We can empower them by asking, What will your recovery be? How will you make the best of this situation? What choices will you make from here that keep you moving in the right direction?

    And then, we can celebrate their recovery. We can applaud them as they work diligently to bounce back, move forward, and develop the grit and character that can be the hallmark of their story.

    For more inspiration join Kari Kampakis, Writer, or check out these books for teen & tween girls, used widely across the country for small group and church studies.

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